Last Wednesday, the President signed into law H.R. 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. ABC was joined by a number of organizations in a letter to the Senate (attached) expressing concerns with the bill’s mandated leave provisions and ABC also sent a key vote letter (attached) in support of a Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) amendment to replace the mandated leave requirements with unemployment insurance capped at $1000 a week. Unfortunately, the Senate set a 60 vote threshold on amendments to the bill and the Johnson amendment failed by a vote of 50-48.
While the House was required to issue technical corrections to the bill they passed over the weekend, the bill would require businesses with 500 and fewer employees to provide up to 12 weeks of paid leave. An overview of the bill’s employer paid leave requirements from the House Ways and Means Committee can be found here and a Littler explainer here.