On March 23, 2020, Mike Volpe, Nick Reiter, Allison Gotfried, and Teresa Biviano published “The Families First Coronavirus Response Act: What You Need to Know” in HR Morning. The following is an excerpt:
In an effort to provide employees paid family and medical leave and paid sick leave in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress recently passed The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the Act). The Act will take effect on or by April 2, 2020.
The new law creates two new emergency leave benefits for eligible employees: (1) emergency paid family and medical leave and (2) emergency paid sick leave. It generally applies to employers with fewer than 500 employees, with some exceptions discussed below.