Department of Labor Publishes Guidance on Expiration of Paid Sick and Medical Leave

Department of Labor Publishes Guidance on Expiration of Paid Sick and Medical Leave

The department’s Wage and Hour Division created an FAQ to answer questions about the Families First Coronavirus Response Act expiration.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) published guidance on December 31 that informs workers and employers about the expiration of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).

The FFCRA’s paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave requirements expired on December 31, 2020. The guidance, which has been compiled into a Frequently Asked Questions page on the WHD website, answers questions about the use of leave entitlement after the expiration date. The FAQ also explains how WHD plans to continue to enforce authority over employers’ leave responsibilities.

“The Wage and Hour Division is attuned to the critical need for American workers and employers to understand this relief program as they deal with the effects of this crisis on the workplace,” said Wage and Hour Division Administrator Cheryl Stanton. “The guidance we issued today provides clarity around some of the novel issues that the FFCRA’s expiration raises. We remain committed to providing as many tools and as much information as possible to all parties.”

The WHD also addresses the Consolidated Appropriations Act, which extended employer tax credits for paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave voluntarily provided to employees until March 31, 2021.

More information can be found at dol.gov.

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Nikki Johnson-Bolden is an Associate Content Editor for Occupational Health & Safety.

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