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MMCA COVID-19 Update & Resources XVII
April 14, 2020
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Interim Guidance for Enforcing OSHA Recordkeeping Requirements for Cases of COVID-19

OSHA has issued Enforcement Guidance for Recording Cases of COVID-19. The guidance provides that until further notice, for OSHA recordkeeping and reporting purposes, employers (other than employers in the healthcare industry, emergency response organizations, and correctional institutions) should consider COVID-19 cases to be “work-related” only where

(1) there is objective evidence that the case may be work-related; or
(2) where the evidence of work-relatedness “was reasonably available to the employe
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Calculating Paid Leave Under the FFCRA

Beginning April 1, 2020, employers with fewer than 500 employees must provide emergency paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave to employees who are unable to work or telework because of different COVID-19-reasons. See below and the MMCA chart for guidance when calculating paid leave under the FFCRA. 

  • Regular rate of pay includes taxable wages, but not amounts payable as fringe benefit contributions. 
  • Maintain the employee’s Health and Welfare coverage as though the employee had been continuously employed. 
  • Tax credits are available to reimburse, dollar-for-dollar, the cost of providing Coronavirus-related leave to employees including health insurance costs.
If you have employees who need assistance with stress, financial, or familial issues refer them to HealthPartners Employee Assistance Program at 866-326-7194 or text US HEAP and your question to 919-324-5523 or log on to hpeap.com (website password “ptsmn”).
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