By Pension and Benefits Editorial Staff
Following an investigation by the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Future Furniture Inc.— doing business as Ashley Homestore in LaGrange, Georgia — has paid $1,040 in back wages to an employee after failing to pay two weeks of paid sick leave after the worker was directed by a doctor to self-isolate due to coronavirus-related concerns.
WHD investigators found that Ashley Homestore violated the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSLA) provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which requires covered employers to provide eligible workers two weeks of paid sick leave under those circumstances.
“The Wage and Hour Division is working vigorously to educate employers about the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and their responsibilities under this new law,” said Wage and Hour Regional Administrator Juan Coria in Atlanta, Georgia. “The FFCRA provides vital relief for both workers and employers. We encourage everyone to use the tools and information we provide to learn about the benefits and protections available under this new law. Anyone with questions is encouraged to call us directly to speak with a trained professional to have those questions answered.”
The 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 either to provide employees with paid leave for the employee’s own health needs or to care for family members. 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.
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