DOL to observe 30-day 'temporary non-enforcement' of coronavirus paid leave law

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) will observe a "temporary period of non-enforcement" after the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) takes effect April 2, according to an agency statement. The non-enforcement is in effect as long as the employer "has acted reasonably and in good faith" to comply with the law. "For purposes of this non-enforcement position, 'good faith' exists when violations are remedied and the employee is made whole as soon as practicable by the employer, the violations were not willful, and the Department receives a written commitment from the employer to comply with the Act in the future," DOL said. The news is a crucial piece of information for U.S. employers with fewer than 500 employees, which are directly affected by the FFCRA. While it will sunset on December 31, the FFCRA is the first federal paid leave law encompassing private employers in U.S. history.

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