23 Mar Congress Passes Coronavirus Law Requiring Paid Employee Leave
On March 18, 2020, the U.S. Senate voted to approve a coronavirus relief bill that was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives over the weekend. President Trump is expected to sign the bill into law.
This bill requires employers to provide paid leave for some employees related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, among other measures. Specifically, the bill:
• Requires two weeks of paid sick leave for affected government workers and employees of companies with fewer than 500 employees; and
• Provides FMLA rights for some employees of companies with fewer than 500 employees.
The bill also provides funding for economic assistance, requires health plans to cover COVID-19 testing at no charge, and includes a refundable tax credit for employers that provide paid leave benefits due to the coronavirus outbreak. The bill will take effect no later than 15 days after it is signed by the president.