By Payroll and Entitlements Editorial Staff
The phase two bipartisan effort to provide much-needed relief for employers and employees alike to deal with the COVID-19 crisis moved quickly through Congress and was signed by President Trump on March 18, 2020.
The “Families First Coronavirus Response Act” cleared the House on March 14 by a vote of 363-40, but it underwent another vote on March 16, via H. Res. 904, to make “technical amendments” that included some substantive changes.
On March 17, it was questionable how quickly H.R. 6201 would get to the Senate floor for a vote. But on March 18, the Senate held four roll call votes, first voting separately to defeat three proposed amendments to the bill and then passing the legislation as received in the Senate.
Comprehensive relief. The comprehensive measure includes provisions that expand the FMLA to include public emergency family and medical leave; emergency unemployment insurance; emergency paid sick leave; health care relief provisions; and tax credits to employers for paid sick and paid family and medical leave, among other relief.
COVID-19 crisis: Help arrives for workers and employers provides a detailed look at the legislation’s most important provisions related to labor and employment.
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