Families First Coronavirus Response Act explained

March 30, 2020

Earlier this month, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) was signed into law to provide American workers with relief during the COVID-19 pandemic and includes paid sick leave, tax credits and free COVID-19 testing. 

The U.S. Department of Labor has issued guidance to provide compliance assistance to employers and employees on their responsibilities and rights under the Act (HR 6201) that can be found here and here.

The Act, which applies to employers with fewer than 500 employees, requires these businesses to provide their employees with up to two weeks of paid sick leave and up to 12 weeks of paid family medical leave to deal with medical issues related to COVID-19 and those who care for children affected by school and childcare closures.

The law goes into effect on April 1 and the requirements will apply through Dec. 31.

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