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Virus-Relief Bill’s Paid Leave Boost Poses Enforcement Test

March 18, 2020, 8:11 PM

Emergency-relief legislation headed to President Donald Trump’s desk would require major operational changes at a relatively small Labor Department agency that would be tasked with ensuring workers’ right to coronavirus-related leave.

The department’s Wage and Hour Division would need to overhaul its investigatory procedures to enforce a new mandate requiring companies with fewer than 500 employees to provide workers with up to 10 weeks of partially paid Family and Medical Leave Act leave, along with up to 10 days of emergency paid sick leave.

The Senate on Wednesday approved an updated House-passed bill (H.R. 6201) that narrows the...

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