As we all continue to navigate the uncertainty brought on by the novel coronavirus, the U.S. Department of Labor has launched a new website to make resources readily available for employers and workers amid the the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has resources to help employers and workers prepare for and respond to coronavirus in the workplace.
The Wage and Hour Division is providing information on common issues employers and workers face when responding to COVID-19, including the effects on wages and hours worked under the Fair Labor Standards Act and job-protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act.
NOTE: Check with your state’s unemployment insurance program regarding the rules in your state.
The Employment and Training Administration announced new guidance outlining state flexibilities in administering their unemployment insurance programs to assist Americans affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.
Under the guidance, federal law permits significant flexibility for states to amend their laws to provide unemployment insurance benefits in multiple scenarios related to COVID-19. For example, federal law allows states to pay benefits where:
In addition, federal law does not require an employee to quit in order to receive benefits due to the impact of COVID-19.
The Employment and Training Administration announced the availability of up to $100 million in National Health Emergency Dislocated Worker Grants to help states, territories, and tribal governments respond to the workforce-related impacts of COVID-19.
Along with these resources the website also offers links to the latest news articles regarding labor issues caused by COVID-19.
We here at CountertopResource.com feel deeply for those who have been directly impacted by this outbreak and will endeavor to keep you informed, share ideas and provide resources to help you along the way. We wish you all well during this difficult time.