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Labor Department Issues Guidance on Family First Coronavirus Response Act

Posted by: Jason Zacher on Friday, March 27, 2020

Labor Department Issues Guidance on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Thursday afternoon, the U.S. Department of Labor released updated information and resources for businesses about the Families First Coronavirus Response Act – the legislation that made critical changes to Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family Leave.

See a summary of the legislation

This guidance includes several fact sheets for employers and their employees which explains the rights and responsibilities under the new law:
If you need more information, we urge you to contact the Department of Labor COVID-19 webpage and/or contact your attorneys. Like with many things with the Coronavirus, things are moving quickly, so please continue to check our Employer Resource Guide for the latest information.
 
If you are interested in sharing your perspective as the DOL develops more informational materials related to the act, you may participate online through March 29th.
 
New Federal Stimulus Bill
 
Details of the third Federal Stimulus – the $2 Trillion fiscal stimulus bill – were also released on Thursday. The US Senate passed the bill late Wednesday night and the House of Representatives is expected to bring it up Friday.
 
 
 
By now, you’ve probably seen the major highlights of the bill:
 
  • $350 billion for forgivable loans to small businesses
  • Expansion of unemployment benefit coverage and amount
  • $500 billion for corporations
  • Up to $3,400 in checks to individuals, joint filers, and children
  • $340 billion for healthcare programs
  • $150 billion for state and local governments

Our Advocacy team is working on ensuring our local, state, and federal officials are hearing your voice. If you have questions or concerns about any policy issues related to the Coronavirus response, please email Jason Zacher.

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