The US House of Representatives has passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, and the Senate is likely to pass the bill this week, as President Trump has indicated his intention is to sign the bill into law. 

The final bill may be different than the bill that passed the House, but it looks like all employers with fewer than 500 employees will be required to provide up to 80 hours of paid sick leave to their full-time employees for coronavirus-related issues and the equivalent of two weeks for part-time employees.  For those employers who have to follow the FMLA (the Family Medical Leave Act applies to employers with 50 or more employees), the bill allows for additional reasons for leave related to COVID-19.  Employers will receive a credit against its portion of the Social Security payroll tax on a quarterly basis. 

We will update this information when we have information on the final bill.

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