In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Congress enacted a bill providing various forms of relief, including two separate laws mandating that employers give employees paid leave for specified purposes related to COVID-19. The legislation was signed into law by President Trump on March 18, 2020. The two leave laws are the “Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act,” and the “Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act.” The leave mandates take effect no later than 15 days after passage (April 2, 2020) and sunset on Dec. 31, 2020.

Attached is an HR Compliance Bulletin that has been provided to us by the ABC Insurance Trust, with details of the bill. Employers should familiarize themselves with the new leave requirements to ensure compliance.  We will continue to send updates as they become available.