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Just a few days ago, the House passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and then changed it to make the Senate happy. The Senate passed the revised version without changes.

President Trump signed this $100 billion bill on Wednesday, March 18th, 2020 and goes into effect in 15 days from then (April 2nd, 2020).

That’s not a lot of time for your business to prepare.

The FFCRA amends the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) by adding a new section 110 entitled “Public Health Emergency Leave“.

In sum the amendment provides for two weeks of fully paid Emergency Paid Sick Leave and up to 12 weeks of partially paid Emergency Medical Family Leave to employees that have been employed for at least 30 days by a company with less than 500 employees.

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FFCRA for Employers

Just a few days ago, the House passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).

 

Qualifying for FFCRA Coverage

The FFRCA changes the threshold number of employees that must be employed by an Employer from 50 to 1 for purposes of Emergency Medical Family Leave. However, the FFRCA only applies to Employers with 500 employees or less.

Larger Companies with more than 500 Employees are not subject to the FFRCA. There is no 50-person minimum with the typical Family Medical Leave Act, and self-employed people can see some benefits.

 

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FFCRA for Employees

Just a few days ago, the House passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).

 

Qualifying for FFCRA Coverage

Small and mid-size companies are required to provide two weeks of paid sick leave for all employees regardless of when they started work and up to 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave for employees affected by the Coronavirus who have worked at the company for at least a month.

  • Sick leave is to be paid at the usual pay rate.
  • Family leave is to be paid at two-thirds of the usual pay rate.

The House capped paid sick leave at $511 per day and paid family leave at $200 per day. In other words, paid sick leave would fully compensate employees earning up to about $130,000 a year for that two-week period, and paid family and medical leave would fully compensate employees earning up to about $75,000 a year for the three-month period.

 

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