A federal district court judge has issued a decision removing boundaries for employees taking leave if there is no work available under an ordinance issued by the Department of Labor under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.
Judgment of Judge J Paul Oetken of the U.S. District Court in New York in v. U.S. Department of Labor et al., issued on Monday, responded to a lawsuit filed by the New York Attorney General's Office shortly after the FFCRA & # 39 ;s final ordinance was issued.
Both sides had moved for a brief judgment in the case.
Experts say it is unclear whether the decision applies only to New York or nationally. It can also be appealed to the 2nd U.S. District Court of Appeals in New York. A DOL spokesman could not be reached for comment.
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The decision, which holds New York, has the position to bring an action, concludes that the final regulation on the issue of employees may be denied leave under certain circumstances if there is no work available "exceeds the authority [DOL’s] under the law."
The agency's "barebones declaration for the requirement of accessibility to work is patent deficient", the decision states. "The requirement, as an exercise of the agency's delegated authority, is an enormous consequential measure that could significantly reduce the potential scope of the state," the decision said.
It also states that the final rule's definition of a care provider, according to a provision that excludes care providers from having to provide service benefits, is too broad.
According to the final provision, the definition applies to everyone who is employed at a doctor's office, hospital, health center, clinic or educational institution that offers, among other things, health care instructions.
“The definition is, of course, expansive. DOL admits that an English professor, librarian or cafeteria manager at a university with a medical school can all be "caregivers" under the rule, "it says.
The agency's definition" depends entirely on the identity of the employer through that it applies to everyone who is employed by or by certain classes of employers rather than the skills, roles, responsibilities or abilities of an employee class, ”it states.
The judgment also opposes the documentation rule of the final rule. A requirement for felt regulation "that an employee leaves documentation before taking leave makes the (statutory) notice the exception for unpredictable leave and the statutory one-day delay for paid sick leave completely nugatory," it says.  However, the judgment agrees with DOL's interpretation of the charter insofar as there is a prohibition on intermittent leave. "This time, the language of the regulation favors DOL's view," it said.
New York Attorney General Letitia James said in a statement that the decision "is an important gain for the workers who put their health and their lives on the line that COVID-19 is raging on.
" In these uncertain times, individuals rely throughout New York and the whole country on the highly paid benefits that the Trump administration is trying to prevent them from claiming. "
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