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Earlier this afternoon, the Senate passed a second major bill, the Families First Coronavirus Act, responding to the coronavirus pandemic. This bill contains measures to provide paid sick leave, food assistance, and financing for coronavirus testing, critical to American workers. President Trump has already announced his support for the bill and he is expected to sign it into law shortly.

Paid Sick Leave; Paid Family and Medical Leave 

Hoteliers with fewer than 500 employees will be required to provide for emergency paid sick leave, as well as paid family leave in the case of school closures, for working families impacted by coronavirus.  Employers will be afforded a refundable payroll tax credit to cover 100 percent of the cost of wages. There is also a refundable income tax credit for self-employed individuals.

Paid sick leave will be available to any employee without regard to duration of employment if they are out of work to: self isolate if infected with the coronavirus, obtain a diagnosis because they are exhibiting symptoms, comply with medical orders to avoid their workplace, care for a family member facing the instances above, or care for children if schools are closed or if their caregiver is unavailable due to the public health emergency. 

The FMLA also requires private sector employers with fewer than 500 employees to provide employees who have been employed for at least 30 days with up to 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave. This category of paid leave is available to an employee who is out in order to care for children if schools are closed or if their daycare is unavailable and they are unable to work or telework. To learn more, please tune in to our upcoming webinars listed below.

Thank you to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for providing us with this summary

Upcoming Webinars

The Impact of COVID-19 on America’s Hotel Owners: Implications for Employers - NEW

Time: 1-1:30 p.m. EDT, Tuesday, March 24

Presenter: Vanessa Patel, Associate, Ogletree Deakin

Join us as we discuss the considerations and implications of COVID-19, now a pandemic, for employers. Topics include employer’s obligations related to providing safe working conditions, how to respond to individuals with symptoms, how to handle requests for leaves of absence/remote or flexible work arrangements, related pay issues, applicable federal, state and other regulations, and much more.

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The Impact of COVID-19 on America’s Hotel Owners: The Legal ABCs of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) - NEW

Time: 1-1:30 p.m. EDT, Wednesday, March 25

Presenter: Vanessa Patel, Associate, Ogletree Deakins

ADA, FMLA, OSHA, FLSA, WARN, CDC, WHO ... the list goes on. We will discuss the key federal and other regulations and organizations that employers should be aware of in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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