News Release

NEW ORLEANS, LA – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) in New Orleans, Louisiana, will host a webinar on Aug. 6, 2020, to help area employers and employees understand the benefits and protections provided by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). Representatives from the Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the IRS, Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) will also present during the webinar. WHD encourages employers, employees, human resource professionals, attorneys and other stakeholders to attend.

The webinars will focus on FFCRA requirements, including workers’ eligibility for paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave, and other current employment topics. FFCRA helps the U.S. combat and defeat the workplace effects of the coronavirus by giving tax credits to American businesses with fewer than 500 employees to reimburse the costs of providing employees with paid leave for certain reasons related to the coronavirus.

WHO: U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division

WHAT: Families First Coronavirus Response Act webinar

WHEN: Aug. 6, 2020, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. CDT

There is no cost to attend, but space is limited and registration is required.

Please visit WHD’s “Quick Benefits Tips” for information about how much leave workers may qualify to use, and the wages employers must pay. The law enables employers to provide paid leave reimbursed by tax credits, while at the same time ensuring that workers are not forced to choose between their paychecks and the public health measures needed to combat the virus.

WHD provides additional information on common issues employers and employees face when responding to the coronavirus and its effects on wages and hours worked under the Fair Labor Standards Act and on job-protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act at https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic.

For more information about the laws enforced by WHD, call 866-4US-WAGE, or visit www.dol.gov/agencies/whd.

For further information about the coronavirus, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The mission of the Department of Labor is to foster, promote and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.

Agency
Wage and Hour Division
Date
August 5, 2020
Release Number
20-1489-DAL
Contact: Chauntra Rideaux
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