COVID-19: The Pandemic Highlighted the Need to Strengthen Wage and Hour Division's Enforcement Controls [open pdf - 3MB]
From the Document: "In January 2020, the Secretary for Health and Human Services declared a nationwide public health emergency in response to COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019]. Since then, millions of Americans contracted COVID-19 and many public schools and child care facilities closed temporarily, leaving parents without child care to work. In response, Congress passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) to ensure American workers would not be forced to choose between their paychecks and the public health measures needed to combat the virus. Wage and Hour Division (WHD) was responsible for implementing and enforcing the new law, while also making critical operational decisions during the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of the OIG [Office of the Inspector General]'s Pandemic Oversight Response Plan, this report presents the results of our audit of the WHD's enforcement of the paid leave provisions of the FFCRA."
Department of Labor, Office of the Inspector General, Office of Audit, Report No. 19-21-008-15-001