Monday, March 30, 2020
From Miami Herald
On March 18, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the “Act”) was passed and signed into law. The Act, which applies to employers with fewer than 500 employees, provides for employer-paid for leave for workers who need to take time off of work due to events caused by the outbreak of COVID-19 in the United States. There are two paid leave provisions of the Act: the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act and the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act. The law goes into effect on April 1 and will completely expire on Dec. 31.
The Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act generally requires that covered employers provide employees with two weeks of paid sick leave at the employees’ regular pay rate (subject to caps) if the employee is unable to work (or telework) because: (1) the employee is subject to a federal, state, or local quarantine or isolation order related to COVID-19; (2) the employee has been directed by a healthcare provider to self-quarantine due to concerns related to COVID-19 infection; or (3) the employee is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and seeking a medical diagnosis.
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