On March 18, 2020 the federal government signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic. There are several parts to this law including:
- A new requirement for employers with between 1 and 500 employees to provide emergency paid sick leave to employees under certain situations,
- An extension of the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA),
- Tax credits for small businesses to reimburse employers for wages paid under the new emergency paid sick leave and FMLA extension, and
- A requirement for health insurance providers to provide testing for COVID-19 at no cost to individuals needing testing.
This new law is to take effect within 15 days of enactment (April 2, 2020). It’s important to note that since this law passed through Congress so quickly there are a number of items still awaiting further guidance or regulations from government agencies. All parts of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act are currently set to expire on December 31, 2020. Continue reading