Last night, President Trump signed into law the “Families First Coronavirus Response Act” or “FFCRA” (H.R. 6201). The FFCRA creates two new types of paid leave: (1) Public Health Emergency Leave (“Emergency FMLA Leave”) and (2) Emergency Paid Sick Leave (“Emergency PSL”). The FFCRA applies only to those employers with “fewer than 500 employees” and the costs of providing these paid leaves are designed to be offset by refundable payroll tax credits. Details on implementation of the bill are still being worked out; however, you can read the bill in its entirety here.
The paid leave provisions of the FFCRA do not go into effect until “15 days after the date of enactment,” which means the paid leave provisions will take effect on April 2, 2020.
SMACNA will be providing FAQs as well additional guidance on the requirements the bill places on employers.