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Labor Dept. helps guide employers on coronavirus law

Provisions in the coronavirus relief bill, which requires many employers with fewer than 500 employees to provide up to 80 hours of paid sick leave, will go into effect April 1 and include a 30-day period without enforcement for businesses that try to comply, the US Labor Department says. "Generally speaking, the Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division encourages employers to be accommodating and flexible toward employees, particularly those subject to quarantine, to include working remotely or taking additional paid leave," says attorney Linda Jackson.

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