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Trump to Consider Bill Providing Emergency Paid Sick Leave and Expanded FMLA Benefits

Higher Education Labor & Employment

On both Monday and Tuesday, we reported on HR6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act bill, which provides employees affected by coronavirus with paid sick leave and paid FMLA benefits. The leave provisions in the legislation apply to employers with fewer than 500 employees and government employers. The U.S. Senate considered the bill this morning and passed it with no amendments. The bill is on its way to the President’s desk to be signed into law. President Trump has expressed his support for the bill, so we anticipate that he will sign it into law soon. The emergency paid sick leave and paid FMLA provisions of the bill take effect 15 day after it is enacted.

Our detailed summary of the legislation is available here.

Covered employers should put policies and procedures in place as soon as possible to ensure compliance with the new requirements. Franczek hosted a webinar discussing the Families First legislation and how to comply. For assistance revising existing policies, please contact Bill Pokorny, Tracey Truesdale, or the Franczek attorney with whom you regularly work.