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  • Employer guidance to questions that arise related to or affected by COVID-19 in the workplace

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    This week, the federal Department of Labor issued more employer guidance to address the seemingly never-ending questions that arise related to or affected by COVID-19 in the workplace. 

    Here are a few of the more recent common questions and answers:

    1. If we require employees to quarantine after out of state travel on public transportation, do we have to pay them?  

    No, the two weeks (up to 80 hours) of paid sick leave applies when an employee is unable to work because the employee is quarantined (pursuant to Federal, State, or local government order or advice of a health care provider), and/or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and seeking a medical diagnosis. 


    2. Can a salaried exempt employee perform other nonexempt duties during the COVID-19 public health emergency and continue to be treated as exempt? 

    Yes, during the period of a public health emergency declared by a Federal, State, or local authority with respect to COVID-19, otherwise-exempt employees may temporarily perform nonexempt duties that are required by the emergency without losing the exemption. https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/flsa/pandemic

    3. Will a telemedicine visit count as an in-person visit to establish a serious health condition under the FMLA?

    Yes. Until December 31, 2020, the WHD will consider telemedicine visits to be in-person visits, and will consider electronic signatures to be signatures, for purposes of establishing a serious health condition under the FMLA.  https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/fmla/pandemic

    4. How do I get reimbursed for providing employees with paid leave taken for specified reasons related to COVID-19?  

    Eligible Employers will claim the credits on their federal employment tax returns (e.g., Form 941, Employer's Quarterly Federal Tax Return), but they can benefit more quickly from the credits by reducing their federal employment tax deposits. https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/covid-19-related-tax-credits-for-required-paid-leave-provided-by-small-and-midsize-businesses-faqs
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