#WorkforceWednesday: CDC Reversals, New FMLA Forms, Tracking Unscheduled Work

Employment Law This Week® - Episode 177


It’s #WorkforceWednesday. This week, employers are reevaluating plans after Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reversals, and the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) offers clarification on wage and hour issues related to the pandemic:

CDC Guidance Reversals Leave Employers Uncertain

Frequent CDC guidance reversals are leaving employers uncertain. The agency recently dropped its recommendation of a 14-day quarantine for those returning from travel to high-risk areas. This guidance is still evolving, and Governor Newsom in California has said that his state will not follow some of it.

New FMLA Forms Make Pandemic Reporting Easier

The DOL released new Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) forms to help employers and employees during the pandemic. The forms are easily accessible on the DOL website and contain all of the required information for designating FMLA leave.

DOL Issues Guidance on Tracking Unscheduled Work Hours

The Labor Department also issued guidance clarifying unscheduled work-hour tracking for remote employees. The bulletin states that an employee must track their own unscheduled work hours in order to be paid.

Other Highlights

Childcare Leave Under the FFCRA

New DOL Frequently Asked Questions address some circumstances under which a working parent may—or may not—be entitled to paid leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Read more about the circumstances.

Rules of the Road: Return to Work in the Time of COVID-19

Returning to the physical workplace safely and in a compliant manner is essential to minimize the spread of COVID-19. Use the 10 “Rules of the Road” to help guide your organizations and employees through this transition. This week, we’re featuring the first two rules in our series:

Rule #1: Don’t Rush In Without a Plan

Rule #2: Keep Your Mask On

What We’re Reading

“Accommodations in the Time of COVID,” a TLNT article by attorney Nancy Gunzenhauser Popper.

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Our Coronavirus Resource Center is updated daily and has the return-to-work resources you need.

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