On March 18, 2020, the Senate passed House-approved H.R. 6201, entitled the “Families First Coronavirus Response Act” (the “Act”). President Trump signed the bill into law later that same day. The Act goes into effect on April 2, 2020. 

Of interest to employers, the new law requires employers with fewer than 500 employees to provide additional paid sick leave and emergency paid leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). 

The Act expires on December 31, 2020.