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The Federal Government's Coronavirus Response: Implications for Emergency Responders

PoliceOne, EfficientGov

  • April 24, 2020

Tory Summey wrote an article published in PoliceOne and EfficientGov explaining what law enforcement agencies need to know about major changes to employment laws and regulations as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. 

"In the span of a few weeks, the federal government has made sweeping changes to employment laws and regulations that impact law enforcement agencies and other units of local government," he wrote. "First, Congress expanded paid leave through the Families First Coronavirus Response Act in mid-March. Next, the U.S. Department of Labor, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission have each been providing regular guidance to employers."

"With many of these changes, there are distinctions in how they apply to emergency responders and health care providers," he continued. "It is important for local decision-makers to understand these distinctions – and to carefully consider the larger policy implications inherent in determining how these new laws and guidance apply to emergency responders."

You can read the full article herePoliceOne is among the most comprehensive and trusted online destinations for law enforcement agencies and police departments worldwide. EfficientGov reaches more than 43,000 local, county, and state government officials.