The Office of Congressional Workplace Rights provides information on common issues employing offices and covered employees in the Legislative Branch face when responding to COVID-19, and its effects on wages and hours worked under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), job-protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).
 
The FFCRA will help provide employees with paid leave either for covered employee’s own health needs or to care for family members. The legislation will ensure that covered employees are not forced to choose between their paychecks and the public health measures needed to combat the virus.
 
PowerPoint Presentation
 
Fact Sheets
Questions and Answers
 
Poster

 

Additional Resources

  • Restoration of Operations Guidance Summary
  • The Congressional Accountability Act (CAA) provides that if the OCWR Board of Directors has not issued a regulation on a matter for which a regulation is required to be issued, the hearing officer, Board, or court, as the case may be, shall apply, to the extent necessary and appropriate, the most relevant substantive executive agency regulation promulgated to implement the statutory provision at issue in the proceeding. 2 U.S.C. § 1411.  The Board has determined that it will not issue its own FFCRA regulations.  In most, if not all, FFCRA matters arising under the CAA, the Secretary of Labor’s temporary regulations that are applicable to the legislative branch and consistent with the statute will probably be the most relevant substantive executive agency regulations (https://www.dol.gov/sites/dolgov/files/WHD/Pandemic/FFCRA.pdf). The OCWR’s FFCRA Q&A provides additional guidance on how the statute and regulations are being interpreted by the OCWR and on the appropriate methods of seeking redress for violations of the FFCRA under the CAA (https://www.ocwr.gov/sites/default/files/FFCRA%20Q%26A.pdf).