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March 19, 2020

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[Official Guidance]

Text of HR 6201, Families First Coronavirus Response Act, as Passed by the Senate and Signed by the President

This bill responds to the coronavirus outbreak by providing paid sick leave and free coronavirus testing, expanding food assistance and unemployment benefits, and requiring employers to provide additional protections for health care workers....

The bill also includes provisions that

  • establish a federal emergency paid leave benefits program to provide payments to employees taking unpaid leave due to the coronavirus outbreak,
  • expand unemployment benefits and provide grants to states for processing and paying claims,
  • require employers to provide paid sick leave to employees,
  • establish requirements for providing coronavirus diagnostic testing at no cost to consumers.

114th Congress

[Guidance Overview]

Congress Passes Expansive Coronavirus Package, Including Paid Leave

"While the act will provide some important relief for individuals who are off work for reasons related to COVID-19 and would otherwise be without pay, the legislation was narrowed in scope from the original version that provided even further expanded [FMLA] leave for purposes such as being required to stay home for virus containment purposes.... The act provides tax credits to help cover the benefit cost.... In addition to the credits provided for qualified sick leave wages and qualified family leave wages, the legislation also provides for a credit to employers for certain qualified health plan expenses that are allocable to such qualified sick leave wages or qualified family leave wages."

Faegre Drinker

Trump Signs Coronavirus Aid Package with Paid Sick Leave, Free Testing

"The House-passed measure was approved by the Senate on Wednesday and includes provisions offering paid leave benefits for Americans, bolstered unemployment benefits and free diagnostic testing for the virus."

The Hill

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