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House Bill Provides COVID-19 Relief for U.S. Workers

R. Douglas Taylor, Jr.
March 16, 2020

Early on Saturday (March 14, 2020) morning, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation it dubbed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the “Act”), designed to provide significant relief to a wide swath of workers across the country, in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency. Of particular note, the Act would provide the vast majority of U.S. workers with up to twelve weeks of FMLA leave (the “FMLA Expansion Act”) and as much as two weeks of paid sick leave (the “Paid Sick Leave Act”) for personal or family reasons relating to the COVID-19 outbreak. Both provisions are summarized below. Keep in mind that the Act is still only the House’s bill. The Senate is expected to begin its formal review of the Act on Monday morning. Stay tuned for further updates.

Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (“FMLA Expansion Act”)

When does the FMLA Expansion Act take effect; when does it end?

Which Employers are eligible for coverage under the FMLA Expansion Act?

What is a “qualifying need” for leave related to a public health emergency under the FMLA Expansion Act?

Who is a “family member” for purposes of the FMLA Expansion Act?

How much leave under the FMLA Expansion Act is paid leave?

Do employees still have the right to be restored to the position they held prior to taking leave under the FMLA Expansion Act?

Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (“Paid Sick Leave Act”)

Which employers are subject to the requirements of the Paid Sick Leave Act?

When does the Paid Sick Leave Act become effective; when does it end?

What events or circumstances trigger employer paid sick leave under the Paid Sick Leave Act?

Employers are required to provide an employee with paid sick time in order to:

How much paid sick leave is available to an employee under the Paid Sick Leave Act?

Can paid sick leave under the Paid Sick Leave Act be carried over from one year to the next?

What effect does the Paid Sick Leave Act have on Employers with Existing Paid Leave Policies?

 How quickly does paid leave under the Paid Sick Leave Act become available for use by eligible employees?

Does the Paid Sick Leave Act penalize employers who violate the above requirements?

Do employers have to post workplace notice of the requirements of the Paid Sick Leave Act?

Will employers be out-of-pocket for paid sick leave provided to employees under the Paid Sick Leave Act?