The Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (“Emergency FML Expansion Act”) and the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (“EPSLA”) were enacted on March 18, 2020 as part of the government’s broader “Families First Coronavirus Response” lawmaking.
The requirements of these two Acts became effective on Wednesday, April 1, 2020, and are scheduled to sunset on December 31, 2020.
Both Acts apply to certain private sector employers with fewer than 500 employees. The Emergency FML Expansion Act requires covered employers to provide up to 12 weeks of emergency leave necessary to allow for care of a minor child whose schooling or day care has been affected by the coronavirus. The Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act requires covered employers to provide up to 80 hours of paid sick leave to an employee unable to work due to a broad list of medical issues stemming from Covid-19.
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