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Labor Law Compliance 
& COVID-19 FAQs

As of: August 11, 2020

EMPLOYEES

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​I was laid off related to COVID-19 and have not received my last paycheck. What should I do?

​I earn an hourly wage and typically work 40 hours per week, but because of COVID-19 I only worked 20 hours. How many hours will I be paid for?

​How many hours per day or per week can an employee work?

​Can my employer require me to perform work outside of my job description? 

​If I volunteer to a public agency, am I entitled to compensation?

​I am employed by a private, non-profit organization. If I volunteer with the same private, non-profit organization, am I entitled to compensation?

​Can my employer encourage or require me to telework (work from an alternative location such as home) a strategy to slow the spread of COVID-19?

​Can my employer change my hourly rate of pay if I work from home?

​If my employer requires me to work at home but I am unable, are they required to pay me?

​Is my employer required to cover any additional costs that I incur if they require me to work from home (such as internet, computer, additional phone line, increased use of electricity, etc.)?

​I am a minor. Can I work additional hours?

​If I am experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, can my employer require that I undergo a medical examination before allowing me to return to work?

​I don’t think my employer is taking precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  What can I do?

​If I have concerns about my health, do I have to report to work?

​Can my employer fire me if I am concerned about COVID-19 and stay home?

​A medical professional or public official directed me to quarantine or self-isolate because of exposure to or symptoms of COVID-19. What are my employer's obligations to me?


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​My business is experiencing a shortage of workers because of COVID-19. Can I ask for "volunteers" to keep operations going?

​My hourly employee worked a partial week because my business closed due to COVID-19. Am I required to pay them for the hours they actually worked or the hours they were scheduled to work?

If a school is physically closed during the COVID-19 emergency declared by Governor Tom Wolf, does a minor have to appear personally before the issuing officer in order to obtain a work permit? 

​Can I have minor employees work additional hours?

​If I direct my salaried, exempt employees to take vacation (or leave bank deductions) or leave without pay during office closures due to COVID-19, will this impact the employee's exempt status?

​My employee is under medically or governmentally directed self-isolation or quarantine because of COVID-19. What are my obligations to that employee? 

​How many hours per day or per week can an employee work?

Can an employee be required to perform work outside of the employee's job description?

May an employer encourage or require employees to telework (i.e., work from an alternative location such as home) as an infection control strategy? 

​Do employers have to pay employees their same hourly rate or salary if they work at home?

​In the event an organization bars employees from working from their current place of business and requires them to work at home, will employers have to pay those employees who are unable to work from home?

​Are businesses and other employers required to cover any additional costs that employees may incur if they work from home (such as internet, computer, additional phone line, increased use of electricity, etc.)?

​Do OSHA's regulations and standards apply to the home office? Are there any other federal or state laws employers need to worry about if employees work from home?

​In the event an employer brings on temporary employees from a staffing agency to supplement its workforce due to staffing shortages, is the employer required to adhere the wage requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)?

​If your business has a shortage of workers and is looking to “volunteers” to help out.

​​How many hours is an employer obligated to pay an hourly-paid employee who works a partial week because the employer’s business closed?

What are an employer’s obligations to an employee who is under government-imposed quarantine?

​If individuals volunteer to a private, non-for-profit organization that they work for, are they entitled to compensation?

​Are there limits to the type of work that can be performed at home?

​In the event an employer brings on temporary employees from a staffing agency to supplement its workforce due to staffing shortages, is the employer liable if the temporary employees are not paid in accordance with the wage requirements of the Pennsylvania Minimum Wage Act?

​Can I require minor employees to work additional hours?

​During the recent declared state of emergency and in conjunction with Governor Wolf’s mandated school closings, does a minor have to appear personally before the issuing officer in order to obtain a work permit?

​If my employee is experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, may I require that employee to undergo a medical examination or get a COVID-19 test before the employee returns to work?

Act 102 prohibits a health care facility from requiring employees to work more than agreed to, predetermined shifts and regularly scheduled work shifts.

During the recent declared state of emergency and in conjunction, with COVID-19, is a health care facility permitted to mandate overtime?

​Act 102 regulations state that an aggrieved employee who believes there is a violation of this act against him/her by a health care facility or employer may file a complaint, within 60 days of the violation, with the Bureau of Labor Law Compliance.

The regulations require that the bureau record the date of receipt on a complaint and will review and begin investigation of a complaint within 60 days of receipt. Do these regulations apply during the declared state of emergency?