50 Employee Threshold Calculation While the exact converse to the 500-employee calculation (the lower-end 50-employee threshold) is not directly addressed, it is reasonable to assume that the same logic would be applied to this threshold as well. More guidance on this is expected. No Retaliation Employers may not retaliate or discriminate against any employee who elects to take COVID- 19 paid sick leave. Effective Date and Duration The effective date of the paid sick time mandate is April 1, 2020. The mandate expires December 31, 2020. Enforcement Grace Period The DOL has announced a 30-day non-enforcement period for employers to come into compliance. The 30-day period runs from March 18, 2020 through April 17, 2020. During that time, DOL enforcement actions will not be taken against employers that have made reasonable and good faith efforts to comply with the law. That condition will be deemed met only if violations were not willful and are remedied as soon as practicable, and the employer supplies a written commitment to comply in the future.
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