Families First Coronavirus Response Act
As of March 18th, 2020 the United States Government passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. This new act is made up of two sections:
- The Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act providing additional sick pay for employees experiencing hardship as a result of COVID-19. This act also prohibits an employer from retaliating against and employee who seeks to use Emergency Paid Sick leave.
- Family Medical Leave Act providing for the expansion of leave to employers with less than 50 employees.
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act takes effect on April 2, 2020 and ends on December 31, 2020. The act also sets forth potential tax credits for employers offering Paid Sick and Family Medical Leave.
Please note that the Federal Government, the State of California and several municipalities including the City of Los Angeles are enacting new laws. The information below is specific to the Federal Government’s Coronavirus Response Act. PayrollCentric will continue providing updates at the State and Local level.