Already, federal officials have received “hundreds of complaints.” The legislation went into effect at the beginning of April and expires at the end of 2020.
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently announced it would end a temporary non-enforcement of the new federal paid leave law. Following a period of education and guidance, the DOL has begun enforcing employer paid leave obligations under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).
“With millions of Americans eligible for new and expanded leave programs, the U.S. Department of Labor is working tirelessly to answer the public’s questions and conduct outreach to groups and individuals so that employers nationwide provide employees with the benefits they need,” Wage and Hour Division Administrator Cheryl Stanton said in the announcement.
Already, federal officials have received “hundreds of complaints,” Stanton said. The legislation went into effect at the beginning of April and expires at the end of 2020.
Though the DOL plans to continue its efforts to educate employers, enforcement of the FFCRA provisions is underway.
Previously, the DOL had said it would not act on violations so long as the employer made a reasonable, good faith effort to comply with the FFCRA. Now, employees who believe their employer is in violation of the legislation are encouraged to contact federal officials about any potential issues.
Employers found in violation of the FFCRA will be subject to the penalties and enforcement described in Sections 16 and 17 of the Fair Labor Standards Act, according to the DOL. That can include:
Fines up to $10,000
Imprisonment for a second violation
Potential civil penalties
The announcement to begin enforcing the provisions of the FFCRA means employers should review their policies and procedures to remain compliant.
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