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April 1, 2020, 6:52 PMUpdated: April 1, 2020, 8:31 PM

DOL Says 61 Million Workers Can Get Virus-Related Paid Leave (1)

Ben Penn
Ben Penn

The Labor Department issued a new regulation to implement coronavirus-related paid sick and family leave benefits available for up to 61 million workers.

The DOL Wage and Hour Division issued the direct final rule Wednesday, effective immediately. The regulation provides the most comprehensive guidelines to date on who qualifies for virus-related leave and when they can use it since President Donald Trump signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (Public Law 116-127) March 18.

The new rule requires employers with fewer than 500 workers to provide two weeks of paid sick leave to employees unable to work due ...

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