18 March 2020 – Provided paid leave for carers of children and those in isolation

Intervention Categories: Legal and policy; Regulatory change
Level of Jurisdiction: Federal

Overview: The U.S. Congress expanded the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to cover employees unable to work due to the need to care for their children in the wake of closed schools or daycares, as part of phase 2 legislation. Leave is also granted for individuals caring for someone under an isolation order or “any other substantially similar condition.”

Leave can be taken up to 12 weeks at no less than two-thirds the employee”s regular pay, up to $200 per day and $10,000 over the benefit period. Businesses with fewer than 25 employees are exempt. Businesses with fewer than 50 employees are exempt if compliance with the policy would threaten bankruptcy for the business.

In addition, the Department of Labor can exclude health care providers and emergency responders.
Full details here: https://appropriations.house.gov/sites/democrats.appropriations.house.gov/files/Families%20First%20summary.pdf