Atlanta, Georgia-based Risk & Insurance Consultants Inc. has paid $1,599 in back wages after denying paid sick leave to an employee who received a healthcare professional’s instructions to self-quarantine due to coronavirus concerns. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) determined that Risk & Insurance Consultants violated the emergency paid sick leave provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). After the DOL notified the Company of its obligations, the employer paid the back wages. The FFCRA gives tax credits to U.S. businesses with fewer than 500 employees to provide employees with paid leave for the employee’s own health needs or to care for family members for COVID-19-related reasons.
Beginning on January 1, 2021, private employers with more than 10 employees in Maine must provide 1 hour of paid leave for every 40 hours worked, up to a maximum of 40 hours of paid leave per year. Employees begin to earn leave upon hire, but employers may restrict the use of leave until an employee has been employed for 120 days. Employers may front-load the 40 hours of leave at the beginning of a calendar year or on an employee’s anniversary date as long as the employee receives no less earned paid leave than he or she would have earned under an accrual method. Employees may roll over any unused leave, but employers can cap the total number of hours at 40 per year.We recommend all employers have SESCO review their Employee Handbook annually to ensure compliance with all federal and state laws.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed three new lawsuits against employers in Florida, Tennessee, and Washington, raising claims of religious discrimination, sex discrimination, sexual harassment, and retaliation, respectively.
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