Signed into law by President Trump on March 18, 2020, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201) includes free testing for coronavirus, strengthened food assistance, safeguarded Medicaid benefits, enhanced unemployment aid and emergency paid sick and family leave. It takes effect on April 1. On this date, employer compliance is required.
The Act applies to all employers with fewer than 500 employees. For small businesses with fewer than 50 employees, the U.S. Secretary of Labor shall have the authority to issue regulations (not yet released) to exempt these employers from the paid leave provisions of the Act, when compliance would jeopardize the business as a viable concern.
The chart below breaks down the emergency paid sick and family leave provisions (as of March 20, 2020). Click to enlarge or download.
Our Human Capital Management team is available to help employers assess the impact of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act on their workforce and operations and manage various aspects of required communication and compliance. Contact your RKL advisor to tap into their expertise or contact us via the form below. Stay tuned to our Coronavirus Employer Resource Center for the latest updates and guidance from your RKL team.