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Arizona Company Settles DOL’s First-Known Virus Paid-Leave Case

April 23, 2020, 10:02 PM

An Arizona electrical worker will receive paid sick leave after his employer illegally denied him benefits provided under a coronavirus-relief measure, the Labor Department concluded in the first enforcement action it has publicized since the law took effect.

The DOL’s Wage and Hour Division determined the company owed the worker $1,600 to cover 80 hours of sick leave that should’ve been paid at his regular wage, the agency said Thursday. The worker was entitled to benefits under the emergency leave provision included in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (Public Law 116-127) because health-care providers ordered him to...

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