Employers brace for paid leave brought on by coronavirus

published in HR Daily Advisor | March 17, 2020

On March 14, 2020, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that would provide paid leave for workers affected by the coronavirus and that would expand FMLA.  Two days later, the House passed a technical amendment to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act that reduced certain available benefits.  Experts are predicting that the U.S. Senate will scale back the benefits even further before voting on the measure.

In an March 17 article for HR Daily Advisor titled “Employers brace for paid leave brought on by coronavirus,” McAfee & Taft labor and employment attorney Kristin Simpsen was interviewed about the tax credit provisions in the first version of the House bill.

According to Simpsen, if this portion of the original bill stays intact, employers would be able to seek a full tax credit for an employee’s own sickness or self-quarantine and a lesser credit when employees take time off work to care for a child after a school or daycare closure or for an ill family member.