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Coronavirus Emergency Spurs Mandatory Paid Sick Leave Legislation

Monday, March 16, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: David Waldrep
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In the early morning hours of March 14, 2020, the House of Representatives, with strong bipartisan support, passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, H.R. 6201 (the “Act”).  In addition to providing for relief measures including free coronavirus testing, enhanced unemployment insurance, and increased food aid for those in need, the Act includes the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act and the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act, both of which provide for groundbreaking mandatory paid leave applicable to (certain) private employers under federal law.

 

General Provisions of the Act:

The Act goes into effect fifteen (15) days after it is enacted into law, which is expected to occur early this week when it heads to the Senate, as only forty (40) Republicans voted against the Act in the House, and the Trump Administration has voiced its support for the legislation. The Act has a “sunset” date of December 31, 2020, meaning that it will only be in effect for the rest of this year absent further legislative action (the likelihood of which could depend on the status of the pandemic by the late fall of this year). Although the current version of the Act may be modified in conference after the Act goes to the Senate for consideration, it is expected to pass without any significant revisions.

 

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