Company Repays Wages After Denying Paid Sick Leave During Covid-19

Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor's investigators found that Jerezee Construction - centered in Las Vegas, Nevada - will pay back wages of $3,270 after denying paid sick leave to an employee advised to self-quarantine following a possible exposure to the coronavirus and failing to pay overtime.

What Is Wage And Hour Division?

Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor is the federal office in charge of enforcing federal labor laws. Its mission is to achieve compliance with labor standards to protect and improve the Nation's workforce's welfare.

Some Updates From Wage And Hour Division On The Case

  1. The investigators of Wage and Hour Division found that Jerezee Construction failed to provide paid sick leave and violated FFCRA. The investigators also found that the employer did not display or distribute the FFCRA poster to inform workers about their rights.
  2. The employer did not give the employee overtime pay who worked for more than 40 hours in a workweek, violating the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Jerezee Construction did not keep accurate records of the number of hours the employee worked.
  3. "We appreciate the employer stepping up to plate to remedy these violations after learning of its responsibilities," said Higinio Ramos, District Director of Wage and Hour Division in Las Vegas, Nevada.
  4. Higinio Ramos further said that the Wage and Hour Division encourages employers and employees to learn about their responsibilities and rights under these laws. Wage and Hour Division offers many online tools to help employers avoid violations like those found in this investigation.

What Is Families First Coronavirus Response Act?

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) requires some employers to provide paid sick leave to their employees. The FFCRA helps the U.S. combat and defeat the workplace effects of Covid-19 by giving tax credits to American businesses with less than 500 employees to provide employees with paid leave.

Some Things To Know About Wage And Hour Division

  1. Wage and Hour Division enforces overtime pay, recordkeeping, federal minimum wage, and child labor requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
  2. Wage and Hour Division also enforces Acts which are:
  3. Family and Medical Leave Act
  4. Employee Polygraph Protection Act
  5. Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act
  6. Several Employment Standards and Worker Protections
  7. Wage Garnishment Provisions of Consumer Credit Protection Act
  8. Wage and Hour Division also administers and enforces the prevailing wage requirements of the Davis-Bacon Act and the Service Contract Act, and other laws applicable to federal contracts for construction and provision of goods and services.
  9. Wage and Hour Division provides information on common issues, which employers and employees face when responding to the impact of Covid-19 on wages and working hours under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).


Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor's mission is to promote the welfare of wage earners, job seekers, and retirees, assure work-related rights and benefits, and improve the working conditions.

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