U.S. Families First Coronavirus Response Act offers paid sick leave, COVID-19 testing
For eligible U.S. employees, the newly signed law will reportedly provide emergency paid sick leave, family medical leave and other measures.
The U.S. “Families First Coronavirus Response Act,” which passed in the Senate on March 18 and has been signed into law by President Donald Trump, is a measure to respond to the coronavirus outbreak in the United States by providing paid sick leave and free coronavirus testing, expanding food assistance and unemployment benefits, and requiring employers to provide additional protections for healthcare workers.
Among its provisions, the bill allocates $5 million for the Department of Labor to administer the emergency paid sick days program, and creates a new federal emergency paid leave benefit program.
As reported by the American Composites Manufacturers Association (Arlington, Va., U.S.), the bill provides measures for emergency family leave, emergency sick leave and employer tax credits for private sector companies with 500 or fewer employees.
The new law is reported to allow two weeks of paid sick leave at 100% of an employee’s usual salary, up to $511 per day, and up to 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave at 67% of normal salary up to $200 per day.
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