Client Alert: President Signs COVID-19 Paid Leave Bill into Law

On March 18, President Trump signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the “Act”) into law, addressing emergency relief related to coronavirus (COVID-19) and mandating new requirements for certain employers. 

Under the Act, private employers with less than 500 employees and all public employers must provide leave under certain circumstances to eligible employees by April 2, 2020. Employers subject to the Act (other than certain government employers) will be entitled to claim a refundable tax credit equal to the amount of paid leave they provide. 

This Client Alert, authored by Erin McAdams FranzblauKaren A. Hayes, Kathryn T. Lundy and Marc B. Zimmerman, details what the Act means for employers.

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