Coronavirus Outbreak

Working Parents Get Some Leave Leeway in Revised DOL Rule

Sept. 16, 2020, 5:50 PM

Here are the day’s top coronavirus stories from the team at Bloomberg Law:

  • WORKING PARENTS: Working parents whose children have hybrid school schedules due to the pandemic don’t need their employers’ permission to take federal leave, the U.S. Labor Department said. That type of reduced-schedule leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act doesn’t qualify as “intermittent leave,” DOL said in a revised rule that takes effect Wednesday. Unlike leave to care for a child in a school that blends at-home and in-class instruction, periodically taking leave under the virus law for other reasons must first be authorized by a worker’s employer, according to the rule.
  • DIPLOMA PRIVILEGE: The D.C. Court of Appeals is moving toward joining a small number of jurisdictions that allow certain law school graduates to become licensed without taking the bar exam. Washington D.C.’s top court said Tuesday it’s leaning toward granting “diploma privilege,” which would permit graduates who meet certain requirements to be sworn in as attorneys without having to take or pass the test first. The court delayed its final decision until it issues emergency rules later this month.
  • REMOTE ARGUMENTS: The justices will again hear arguments remotely when the Supreme Court opens its new term Oct. 5 and again provide livestreamed audio of proceedings.

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Raytheon Deepens Job Cuts to 15,000, Sees Long Road to Recovery
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