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FAMILIES FIRST HR 6201 - EMERGENCY FAMILY & MEDICAL LEAVE EXPANSION ACT

An employer is required to provide a public health emergency leave to an employee who is unable to work (or telework) due to a need for leave:

  • To care for the son or daughter under 18 years of age of such employee if the school or place of care has been closed, or the childcare provider of such son or  daughter is unavailable, due to a public health emergency.

An employee who has been employed for at least 30 calendar days by the employer.

However, an employer of employees who are healthcare providers or emergency responders may exclude these employees.

Employers of fewer than 500 workers. Small businesses with fewer than 50 employees are exempted for from the requirements of this Act when the imposition of such requirements would jeopardize the viability of the business as a going concern.

Employers are required to provide up to 12 weeks paid leave for an employee who cannot work because the school or child-care provider of that employee's child is closed as a result of a public-health emergency.

Employees who work under a multiemployer collective bargaining agreement into which their employers make contributions to a multiemployer fund, plan, or program may secure pay from such fund, plan, or program based on hours they have worked under the multiemployer collective bargaining agreement.

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