UPDATE: MARCH 18, 2020
MARCH 15, 2020: On Saturday, the House passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act in response to the coronavirus outbreak. The Bill includes a number of public health measures, but also several specific provisions relating to paid leave that directly impact private employers. The Bill now moves to the U.S. Senate. It is unclear whether the Senate will approve the House bill as passed, reject it, or make modifications to it, which the House would then have to re-approve. The paid leave requirement may require you to evaluate your short term cash flow needs. You will also need to implement a temporary policy to comply with the Act ultimately signed.
Maiello, Brungo & Maiello, LLP prepared a key point summary of the Act to assist you in navigating its potential impact on your company. We will continue to monitor the progress of the Act and provide updates. In the meantime, employers should prepare for employee absences. For interim guidance for businesses and employers from the CDC, click here, and for the Allegheny County Health Department’s COVID-19 webpage, click here. Employers with additional questions should contact either Lawrence Maiello or John H. Prorok of Maiello, Brungo & Maiello, LLP’s Business Law Team.