The Families First Coronavirus Response Act amends the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and establishes the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act both effective April 2, 2020, until Dec. 31, 2020. The bill basically amends the employers’ threshold from 50 or more employees to fewer than 500 employees. The Secretary of Labor has the authority to exempt small businesses with fewer than 50 employees when the requirement would jeopardize the viability of the business.
Employees who have been employed for at least 30 days are eligible for expanded FMLA leave related to childcare and employees are immediately entitled to qualified sick leave. Certain healthcare providers and emergency responders are excluded from eligibility.