Senate Vote Expected This Week
The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act on March 14, 2020, following negotiations with the White House. The U.S. Senate is expected to vote on the bill this week.
In addition to funding for economic assistance and COVID-19 testing, the bill—if passed into law—would provide workers with the following support:
*14 days of paid sick leave, at two-thirds (or more) of their regular rate of pay, for government workers and employees of companies with fewer than 500 employees. Leave is available to workers who are sick, have to care for a sick family member or have a child whose school or childcare facility has closed due to the coronavirus (COVID-19).
*Expansion of the FMLA for employees of companies with fewer than 500 employees, requiring paid leave at the two-thirds rate after 14 days.
*A tax credit for employers that provide paid sick leave benefits required by the bill.
*Additional funding for state unemployment programs.