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New Coronavirus Relief Bill

Legislative Alert

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President Trump recently signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the Act) into law. The Act requires employers to provide paid leave for some employees related to the COVID-19 pandemic with some other provisions.

The Act’s key provisions are:

 

Emergency Paid Sick Leave

  • Eighty hours of paid sick leave for government workers and employees who work at a company with fewer than 500. Leave is available to workers who are sick, have to care for children, or have a sick family member.

Emergency Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

  • Provides FMLA rights for some employees working for a company with less than 500 employees, requiring partially paid leave after 10 days when an employee is unable to work or telework due to school or childcare closures due to the coronavirus.

Additional Provisions

  • Economic assistance funding
  • Health plans are required to cover COVID-19 testing at no charge
  • Employers who provide paid sick leave benefits required by the Act are eligible for a refundable tax credit

Emergency leave benefits for workers (that are provided under the Act) would expire on December 31, 2020. For more information, download the bulletin.

 

Additional Resource

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This blog is intended to be a compilation of information and resources pulled from federal, state and local agencies. This is not intended to be legal advice. For up to the minute information and guidance on COVID-19, please follow the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and your local health organizations.

National Insurance Services is not a law firm and no opinion, suggestion, or recommendation of the firm or its employees shall constitute legal advice. Readers are advised to consult with their own attorney for a determination of their legal rights, responsibilities and liabilities, including the interpretation of any statute or regulation, or its application to the readers’ business activities.

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Bill Enright

Bill Enright

Bill Enright believes in bottom-line honesty while empowering his customers with the knowledge they need to feel confident in their decisions. He is a 30+ year veteran with employee benefits expertise from insurance carrier to benefits consultant. Bill has been published on the topic of healthcare reform and has served on advisory committees and insurance reform lobbying groups at the state and national level. As an Employee Benefit Consultant in the Midwest Region, Bill will be working with both public and private sector schools, cities, and counties in Wisconsin. He is a licensed insurance agent and is a Certified Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Professional (National Association of Health Underwriters).