USA: Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Ortoli | Rosenstadt LLP – Paul H. Pincus – April, 2020

In response to the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), President Trump signed into law on March 18, 2020 the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, H.R. 6201 (the “Act”). This sweeping Act temporarily expands the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) relating to COVID-19, creates a temporary federal paid sick leave program relating to COVID-19, expands unemployment insurance benefits, mandates insurance coverage of coronavirus testing, and expands nutrition and food assistance. This Legal Advisory focuses on the Act’s FMLA expansion and the paid sick leave program it creates, and includes the most recent attached guidance issued by the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”).