On March 18, 2020 the federal government passed, and signed into law, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the “Act”) to help employees and businesses facing challenges related to the coronavirus. The Act, temporarily expands coverage and eligibility under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) for reasons relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, including temporary leave provisions.
The provisions of the Act become effective 15 days after the law was enactment and ends on December 31, 2020. This means beginning April 1, 2020 affected employers will need to adjust their employment and payroll practices comply.
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act guarantees;
- free coronavirus testing,
- secures paid emergency leave,
- enhances Unemployment Insurance,
- strengthens food security initiatives, and
- increases federal Medicaid funding to states.