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U.S. DOL Invites Stakeholders to a National Online Dialogue on Paid Family and Medical Leave and Paid Sick Leave

The the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced in a press release that they will be having a “national online dialogue, Providing Expanded Family and Medical Leave to Employees Affected by COVID-19, to help employers and workers understand their responsibilities and rights, respectively, under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).”

Per the DOL:

The department’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) will administer and enforce the paid leave provisions of the FFCRA. The provisions will apply from their effective date through Dec. 31, 2020.

Generally, the FFCRA provides that employees of covered employers are eligible for:

  • Two weeks (up to 80 hours) of paid sick time at the employee’s regular rate of pay where the employee is unable to work because the employee is quarantined (pursuant to federal, state, or local government order or advice of a healthcare provider), and/or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and seeking a medical diagnosis; or

 

  • Two weeks (up to 80 hours) of paid sick time at two-thirds the employee’s regular rate of pay because the employee is unable to work because of a need to care for an individual subject to quarantine (pursuant to federal, state, or local government order or advice of a healthcare provider), or to care for a child (under 18 years of age) whose school or child care provider is closed or unavailable for reasons related to COVID-19, and/or the employee is experiencing a substantially similar condition as specified by the Department of Health and Human Services; and

 

  • Up to an additional 10 weeks of paid family and medical leave at two-thirds the employee’s regular rate of pay where an employee, who has been employed for at least 30 calendar days, is unable to work due to a need for leave to care for a child whose school or child care provider is closed or unavailable for reasons related to COVID-19.

To view the press release and register, click here.

To view additional guidance from the U.S. Department of Labor, click here.

UPDATE: U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations releases House Economic Stimulus Legislation

The U.S. Senate is still working to reach agreement on the Senate Stimulus package.  The U.S. House has just begun their process on the House Stimulus bill.

To read the full summary of the House Stimulus, click here.

To read the full bill text, click here.

UPDATE: MD and VA Include Auto Repair as Essential Services

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan enacted an emergency order to close all non-essential businesses across the state. The order “requires the closure of anything that is not included in the” U.S. Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce memorandum, which includes automotive repair maintenance facilities as recommended essential critical infrastructure workforce.

 

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam also announced a statewide order to close all non-essential businesses. Governor Northam includes automotive repair facilities as an essential business.

 

To read the press release from Governor Hogan, click here.

 

To read the press release from Governor Northam, click here.

UPDATE: DE, LA, and OH Include Auto Repair as Essential Businesses

Delaware Governor John Carney announced a stay at home order and a list of all essential and non-essential businesses. The list includes automotive repair and maintenance.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards both announced stay at home orders as well, and cite the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Cyber & Infrastructure Security Agency Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce memorandum, which includes automotive repair maintenance facilities as recommended essential critical infrastructure workforce.

To view the Executive Order from Delaware, click here.

 

To view the Executive Order from Ohio, click here.

 

To view the Executive Order from Louisiana, click here.

UPDATE: CT and NV Governor’s Stay at Home Order

Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak and Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont both announced stay at home orders for their states.

In the Governor Sisolaks’ Executive Order under Section 7, states that “This directive shall not be construed to hinder the ability of the industries identified in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Cyber & Infrastructure Security Agency Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce memorandum.” The memorandum includes automotive repair maintenance facilities as recommended essential critical infrastructure workforce.

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont also cites the DHS Cyber & Infrastructure Security Agency Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce memorandum as the minimum.

To read the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Cyber & Infrastructure Security Agency Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce Memorandum, click here.

 

To read the full Executive Order from NV Governor Sisolak, click here.

 

To read the full Executive Order from CT Governor Lamont, click here.

UPDATE: IL Stay at Home Order

Yesterday, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker announced a stay at home order during a press conference. In an Executive Order, Governor Pritzker states that “All persons may leave their homes or place of residence only for Essential Activities, Essential Governmental Functions, or to operate Essential Businesses Operations.”

Governor Pritzker outlines “gas stations and auto-supply, auto-repair, and related facilities” as essential businesses and operations.

To read the full Executive Order, click here.

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