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DOL Releases Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources


The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) shares resources for employer and employee preparation for the COVID-19 virus.

Below you will find a list of helpful resources:

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has resources to help prepare employers and employees for personal safety in the workplace.

The Wage and Hour Division provides information on how to respond to common issues employers and workers face in response to COVID-19. This information includes the effects on wages and hours worked under the Fair Labor Standards Act and job-protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act.

The Employment and Training Administration announced new guidance outlining state leniencies in administering their unemployment insurance programs to assist Americans affected by this pandemic. Federal law does not require an employee to quit in order to receive benefits due to this impact. There are multiple scenarios related to COVID-19 where federal law allows states to pay benefits:

  • An employer temporarily ceases operations due to COVID-19, preventing employers from coming to work;
  • An individual is quarantined with the expectation of returning to work after the quarantine is over; and
  • An individual leaves employment due to a risk of exposure or to care for a family member.

The Office of Workers' Compensation Programs has released guidance for federal employees outlining Federal Employees' Compensation Act coverage as it relates to the coronavirus.

See some news articles regarding employment and coronavirus below:

EEOC General Resources: For further information, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's coronavirus website.

Learn how the U.S. government is responding to coronavirus at www.usa.gov/coronavirus.

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