3 Key Points for Employers re: Families First Coronavirus Response Act

The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed the bill that was drafted in coordination with the Executive branch and is currently before the U.S. Senate for final approval. Here are 3 Key Takeaways about proposed revisions to the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) for Employers:
1.    FMLA has been amended to provide coverage to employees working for Employers with less than 500 employees. So long as the employee has been on the job for at least thirty (30) days, that individual has a right to take up to 12 weeks of job-protected leave for any of the following reasons:
a.    To adhere to quarantine requirements/recommendations due to exposure or symptoms of coronavirus;
b.    To care for an at-risk family member who is adhering to a requirements/recommendations to quarantine due to exposure or symptoms of coronavirus; or
c.     To care for a child if the child’s school or childcare program has been closed or is otherwise unavailable due to a coronavirus. 
2.    After Two (2) weeks of paid leave, employees will receive a benefit from their Employers that will be no less than two-thirds of the employee’s usual pay. 
3.    The Act shall take effect not later than Fifteen (15) days of the bill’s enactment.  
Kristin Whalen, Attorney (NC), BridgehouseLaw LLP
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