Late in the evening on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, President Trump signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“Act”). The effective date is April 1, 2020.
This new law is an intertwining of multiple existing federal laws affecting certain federal entitlement and benefit programs such as the nation’s nutritional waivers and SNAP programs, and it expands other federal acts such as FMLA to include paid sick time off to address COVID-19, Unemployment Insurance, and creates a new benefit for emergency paid sick leave to address COVID-19. Other provisions affect a new Social Security Entitlement and standards relevant to healthcare workers. Regulations will be developed to further interpret the final version of the law.
The information in the linked article addresses only those matters relevant to the Private Employer with fewer than 500 employees or any number of public employees.