COVID 19 Texas Employer Guide – The U.S. Department of Labor Questions and Answers

Covid 19Over the next several days, I am providing a break down of the new employment laws and guidances issued by various government agencies that Texas employers should know about when dealing with COVID-19.

If you have any questions as to how this information applies to your particular situation, contact me at

The Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division has published answers to frequently-asked questions by employers related to COVID-19, including the following:

  1. How can businesses pay exempt & non-exempt employees for reduced work?
  2. Can businesses require employees to perform work different from their normal duties?
  3. May businesses require employees to telework?
  4. Can businesses pay employees less for work performed at home?
  5. Must businesses pay those employees who cannot work from home, if the employees are required to work from home?
  6. Do businesses have to compensate employees for additional expenses associated with work from home?
  7. Do OSHA regulations apply to home offices?
  8. Can business be liable for staffing agencies’ non-compliance with the Fair Labor & Standards Act (FLSA)?
  9. Do business have to pay volunteers?

You can find the complete Answers here, however, keep in mind that these are general answers that do not address specific situations. When in doubt, seek legal counsel.

Leiza Dolghih is the founder of Dolghih Law Group PLLC.  She is board certified in labor and employment law and has 16+ years of experience in commercial and employment litigation, including trade secrets and non-compete disputes. You can contact her directly at or (214) 531-2403.

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