Overview of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act for Employers

Hinshaw & Culbertson has provided an overview of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act that was signed into law by President Trump. The law expands FMLA along with separate paid sick leave benefits to American workers. The law became effective April 2, 2020, and it also contains a sunset provision.

The summary contains key facts for (1) paid sick leave benefits and (2) the expansion of the family medical leave provision. As a threshold matter, employers will want to understand if they are subject to the new law, and which of their employees are entitled to the benefits. The summary also identifies the qualifying reasons for either sick pay benefits or expanded paid FMLA leave. Finally, among the important components are the compensation requirements and applicable caps.

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