Bloomberg Law
May 27, 2020, 10:01 AM

Paid-Leave Promise Turns ‘Mirage’ for Most Workers in Pandemic

Ben Penn
Ben Penn

Attempts to enforce a new paid-leave law for workers affected by the coronavirus are colliding with the reality that the majority of the workforce isn’t eligible for the benefits.

The wide array of exemptions written into the law and subsequent regulations the Department of Labor issued have left few options for thousands of workers who have called the department, lawyers, or advocacy groups for help, according to interviews with a dozen government employees, worker advocates, and private attorneys.

Up to 80% of the workforce may not be eligible, according to an analysis by the left-leaning think tank Center for American ...

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