On March 18, 2020, the U.S. Senate approved House-passed legislation responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The bill was then sent to the President, who signed it into law. Of direct interest to the business community, this new law includes requirements for specified employers to provide emergency paid sick leave, as well as emergency paid leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
The Congress-approved legislation, which become effective no later than 15 days after its enactment, provides as follows:
- Emergency Family and Medical Leave Act
- Emergency Paid Sick Leave
- Tax Credits and Other Efforts
We can expect the landscape to change daily as Congress considers legislative and policy responses to this unprecedented public health emergency.
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