President signs the Covid-19 bill
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Monday, March 23, 2020

President signs the Covid-19 bill

By Payroll and Entitlements Editorial Staff

The House passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, H.R. 6201, on March 14, 2020. Then, on March 16, the House passed H. Res. 904, the Second Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020. It was done by unanimous consent during a pro forma session. The Senate passed the bill ,as corrected by the technical corrections measure as is, on March 18, 2020. The President signed the measure on the same day. The bill does not contain an employee payroll tax cut. The bill includes:

Mandatory employer-paid family and medical leave. The current Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) does not require the 12-week family and medical leave to be paid for by the employer. The bill, among other things, would provide for employer-paid family and medical leave. The leave provisions would be effective not later than 15 days after the date of enactment.

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