Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Why Is It Being Voted On?
On March 14th, in a bipartisan vote of 363-40, the House of Representatives passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act will benefit many in these times who have experienced setbacks due to the recent outbreak of COVID-19. The Coronavirus has had a total of 10,781 cases in America alone resulting in the closing of restaurants, bars, gyms and other forms of business. This has resulted in many who are providers or caregivers for their families to contemplate their future spending and options.
Two New Laws Rolled Out in Package
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act will benefit those affected by the virus, this includes free coronavirus testing and boosting unemployment insurance. It will also provide food safety programs, but thats not all. The FFCRA will provide employees with paid sick leave through the use of two new laws: the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act & Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act. The ESPLA will provide paid leave, specifically for full-time employees, up to two weeks of paid sick leave for coronavirus related reasons. The EFMLEA, on the other hand, provides 12 weeks of protected leave. The first two weeks are unpaid, but for the next 10 weeks, eligible employees will receive two-thirds pay while on leave.
Families First Coronavirus Response Act Will Benefit Many If Passed
With these two laws and the rest of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, if passed it will provide needed support for those being affected by the Coronavirus. Some opinions on the law remain that it is not comprehensive enough and will still leave many open to damage. Some hope these laws will keep them afloat for the time being until a cure is found or the US is released off social isolation. Whatever the case if passed, which seems likely due to support, it will become a law after it goes to the senate.
Stay tuned as we continue to update you on the conditions of the COVID-19. We plan to stay up to date, as this virus affects staff and our clients.
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