U.S. Department Of Labor Publishes Guidance Explaining Paid Sick Leave And Expanded Family and Medical Leave Under The Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Dear Stakeholder

Attached please find a press release that was issued yesterday:

https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic.  You will see links to an Employer Fact Sheet, Employees Fact Sheet, and some initial Frequently Asked Questions.  We anticipate additional guidance issued soon we will share them as soon as they are posted.  

COVID-19 and the Workplace

The Wage and Hour Division provides information on common issues employers and employees face when responding to COVID-19, and its effects on wages and hours worked under the Fair Labor Standards Act and job-protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act.

For further information about Coronavirus, please visit the HHS’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Regards,

William Sabik

 Community Outreach and Resource Planning Specialist
United States Department of Labor

Wage and Hour Division
New Orleans District Office
600 S. Maestri Place, Suite 615
New Orleans, LA 70130

sabik.william@dol.gov

www.wagehour.dol.gov

USDOL National Online Dialogue, March 29th: “Providing Expanded Family and Medical Leave and Paid Sick Leave to Employees Affected by COVID-19

Dear Stakeholder,

The Compliance Assistance National Online Dialogue Team has asked us to share with you this invitation below. Please share with interested parties.

From now through March 29, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) invites you to participate in a national online dialogue called “Providing Expanded Family and Medical Leave and Paid Sick Leave to Employees Affected by COVID-19 National Online Dialogue.” You’re invited to share your ideas on how USDOL can help employers and employees understand their responsibilities and rights, respectively, under the expanded family and medical leave and paid sick leave provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).

On March 18, 2020, the President signed into law the FFCRA, requiring certain employers to provide employees with expanded family and medical leave and paid sick leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. USDOL’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) will administer and enforce these provisions, which will apply from their effective date through December 31, 2020.

This national online dialogue, hosted by the Office of Compliance Initiatives in partnership with WHD and the Office of Disability Employment Policy, provides an innovative opportunity for employers and business organizations, employees and employee groups, state and local government officials, and other stakeholders to play a key role in shaping the development of USDOL’s compliance assistance materials and outreach strategies related to the implementation of the FFCRA’s expanded family and medical leave provisions.

USDOL will use the ideas and comments gathered from this dialogue to develop compliance assistance guidance, resources, and tools, as well as outreach approaches that assist employers and employees in understanding their responsibilities and rights, respectively, under the FFCRA.

The “Providing Expanded Family and Medical Leave and Paid Sick Leave to Employees Affected by COVID-19 National Online Dialogue will take place through March 29. During this period, you can join at any time to submit your ideas, comments, and votes. Simply visit https://ffcra.ideascale.com/ to participate at your convenience. Join us today to help shape future USDOL efforts!

We look forward to collaborating with you!

Sincerely,

The Compliance Assistance National Online Dialogue Team

 

General Resources during COVID-19


HELP NEEDED

Tulane Med Students: Donating masks + supplies for healthcare workers!

  • As our frontline responders tackle the high demands of patients with COVID-19, we want to let you know how you can help Tulane Doctors and our allied health professionals continue their efforts to serve patients in our State’s epicenter—New Orleans.

  • We need the following supplies:  N95 masks, Surgical Masks, Face Shields, Goggles/Glasses, Medical Gowns, Gloves, Hand Sanitizers, Clorox Wipes, Combivent MDIs, Disposable Stethoscopes, Nasal Swabs, Viral Media for Transport, Anti-Viral Kaletra, and Hydroxychoroquine Tabs.

  • We are using the Department of Materials Management as a centralized location to receive items:

    • For small quantity items not requiring a pallet, you can ship or drop off to:
      • Tulane Health Sciences Center, 1430 Tulane Avenue, Room 1101, New Orleans, LA 70112;  (504) 988-5104.  Hours are 8am-4:30pm M-F.
      • Murphy Building, 131 S. Robertson St., 1st Floor Innovations Lab, New Orleans, LA 70112.  (504) 988-9107.  Hours are 6am-10pm 7 days/week.
    • For large quantities requiring a pallet, you can use our Uptown location at 8333 Maple Street, New Orleans, LA 70118; (504) 865-5211 8333.  Hours are 8am-4:30pm M-F.
  • If it is more convenient for us to pick up supplies from you, or if you’re delivering outside of the hours above, please call (504) 988-1527 and we’ll coordinate with you.
  • Donors who would like information related to charitable non-cash donations, please visit our Special Collections website.

Giving Hope

  • Giving Hope is classified as essential services by the city of New Orleans, so we will be giving away food as much as we can thru this crisis.  Our biggest need is volunteers. We are running a drive thru distribution system to help with social distancing.
  • We need volunteers at these times:
    • Tuesday-Friday – 9am – 4pm
    • Saturdays – 8am-1pm

  • Giving Hope is located at 13040 I-10 Service Rd New Orleans, LA 70128.
  • Text Beth Comer with questions: 504-231-9118

Project Ishmael – immigration legal clinic for children

DIRECT HELP OFFERED

Greater New Orleans Foundation – grants for hospitality workers

  • The Greater New Orleans Foundation (GNOF) launched the Louisiana Service and Hospitality Family Assistance Program, an initiative to support negatively impacted Louisiana service and hospitality workers who are supporting their dependent children and elderly parents and need help to continue meeting their basic needs during the coronavirus pandemic.

  • The program will award grants of up to $1,000 to support service and hospitality industry employees who are primary caregivers for dependent children and elderly parents

  • To qualify, individuals applying must also:
    • Have earned below 80 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI) prior to the COVID-19 pandemic
    • Worked more than 32 hours per week in restaurants, bars, or hotels in the Greater New Orleans Foundation’s 13-parish region prior to March 9, 2020
  • To apply for an award, visit GNOF’s online grants portal at www.gnof.org/grants. The application portal will open at 9 a.m. Wednesday, March 25, 2020.  Applications will be available in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese online only. Applications will be reviewed within 10 days and successful awards will be disbursed within 14 days.

FOOD

New Orleans Food Policy Advisory Committee

Councilmember Palmer’s Hospitality Food Pantry

GENERAL RESOURCES + GRANTS

COVID-19 resources for undocumented immigrants and allies

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/18p9OSlLpSYanIoUC-gEbhVbRMYVUfw4wyrixa9ekGdc/htmlview?fbclid=IwAR1YVvVF9wOdGWRuNsUI1-fmtzJBaCLtvhMNoFC-At09j_6K8a8QTCsZ0lg#gid=0

COX COVID-19 low rates for internet access

https://www.cox.com/residential/internet/connect2compete/covid-19-response.html

Grants to organizations working directly on COVID-19 response, loans for lost revenue, etc. 

https://openroadalliance.org/covid-19/

Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation of Louisiana: Crisis and Disaster Response Grants

http://bcbslafoundation.org/2020/03/blue-cross-and-blue-shield-of-louisiana-foundation-commits-2-1-million-to-covid-19-response/?blaid=451900

Sunrise Movement

  • Across the country, millions of students are home from school to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and keep everyone safe. While there are resources emerging to continue education, there is nothing to replace the community and personal development other school programs were providing. And there aren’t many options for restless students who want to do something about all this.

  • So, this Tuesday, we’re launching Sunrise School: an online training program designed to develop thousands of young leaders and introduce them to the fight for a Green New Deal. As we transition many facets of our organizing to digital platforms, we realize the massive amount of people power required to keep our movement strong during the crisis and ready for action once it passes. With so many students stuck at home, wondering what’s going on and if they can help, it’s the perfect opportunity to get involved.

  • Sign up now to join our first training: a 4-day Green New Deal & Coronavirus crash course. Don’t forget to invite friends who are also out of school and passionate about making this country better for everyone.

  • In the Green New Deal & Coronavirus crash course, you’ll learn exactly what the Green New Deal is and where it came from, how it fits into the coronavirus crisis, and how we can work together to win it, including actions you can take even while stuck inside!

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

FirstLine Schools

  • There is an immediate opportunity to apply for a lead garden educator position at Langston Hughes Academy (LHA), at the former site of E.D. White School, in the Fairgrounds area of Mid-City. If you are familiar with LHA, you know that its beautiful schoolyard garden is also the home of resident goats, chickens, and a pot-bellied pig named J-Lo by the students. LHA’s “Dreamkeeper garden” hosts hundreds of environmental science education, family programming and school-based social emotional learning (SEL) provided by Edible Schoolyard New Orleans staff.
  • If you know anyone who might be a good fit for this opportunity, please forward this announcement, as we are looking to fill this position quickly with recommendations as early as the end of the week. Other FirstLine Schools instructional, non-instructional, and central office vacancies can be found here on our career center page.

Restaurant Opportunities Center UNITED (ROC)

  • Hiring for a Lead Organizer (see attached job description)

2020 ROC UNITED Lead Organizer Position.


Liz Burpee | MPH, MSW | she/her/hers
Interim Executive Director & ReFresh Director | Broad Community Connections
liz@broadcommunityconnections.org
504.444.2890

Emergency Food Assistance Available: Wednesday, March 25th and Friday March 27th

The Blood Center: Healthy Blood Donors Needed

Dear Tulane University Community Partners,

New Orleans area hospitals are in urgent need of blood donations due to limited supply in current crisis of COVID-19. All healthy individuals are urged to schedule their blood donation. Maintaining a sufficient blood supply is essential to ensure patients in need receive optimal treatment. For more information about blood donation location in the New Orleans area and donation procedures, please click here.

DOL’s Wage and Hour Division remains available to assist employers and employees

Greetings, stakeholder.

I hope this message finds you well. I am writing to advise that despite the challenges presented by the COVID-19 situation, DOL’s Wage and Hour Division remains available to assist employers and employees alike with questions they may have regarding employer obligations and employee rights, particularly as they relate to the FLSA and FMLA.

If you have questions, feel free to contact the Wage and Hour Division at 1-866-4US-WAGE (1-866-487-9243) or 504.589.6171.  We also established recently a virtual call center (VCC) to increase the number of staff available to answer calls live, so callers may reach a representative outside of Louisiana. Regardless, those staff members are equally trained and available to offer assistance to the public.

In addition, you may find the following resources helpful as you navigate the COVID-19 situation.

https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic

If the Wage and Hour Division may be of assistance, please contact by telephone or via our website, linked here.

Regards,

William Sabik

Community Outreach and Resource Planning Specialist
United States Department of Labor

Wage and Hour Division
New Orleans District Office
600 S. Maestri Place, Suite 615
New Orleans, LA 70130

sabik.william@dol.gov

www.wagehour.dol.gov