Varnum (Michigan): President Trump Signs the Families First Coronavirus Act

On the evening of March 18 President Trump signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, a new law aimed at providing multifaceted relief to workers and families during the COVID-19 outbreak. This Act includes a number of provisions directly affecting employers, and the enacted version contains a number of changes from the bill first passed by the House of Representatives on March 14, 2020. The provisions of the new law affecting employee leave are summarized below. This summary also includes information about tax credits employers may utilize when providing emergency paid leave.

The Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act

The Family Medical Leave Act is amended to include up to 12 weeks of paid Public Health Emergency Leave. The Act takes effect 15 days after enactment of this Act and will remain in effect until December 31, 2020.

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