On March 18, 2020, President Trump signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. The law provides for, among other things, leave for employees related to the coronavirus and becomes effective 15 days from March 18. The act provides emergency sick leave, emergency family leave, and tax credits. Like the New York law we blogged about earlier this week, the law’s application varies depending on employer size. The specifics of the law are discussed below.
The law provides for paid sick leave for some employees. Preliminarily, this portion of the law applies only to employers with less than 500 employees. As to employers who meet this number requirement, employees may qualify for paid sick leave if they meet any of these requirements: