April Green/Publisher

On March 18, 2020, President Donald Trump signed into legislation, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act that grants paid leave for Americans who have been impacted by the coronavirus and have to take-off from work. Temporary paid benefits are offered through December 31, 2020. Wondering what is offered and if you qualify, read below.

Paid Leave Benefits Offered

  • 2 weeks of paid sick leave if (1)you have been diagnosed with coronavirus (2) need to be diagnosed for coronavirus, or (3) are quarantined for coronavirus
  • 2 weeks paid sick leave if you are caring for a family member impacted by the above
  • 12 weeks paid sick leave if you’re caring for a child while their school is closed

What is the Payment Amount?

The maximum amount in which you can receive each day is as follows

  • $511 per day- If you are sick or seeking a diagnosis:
  • $200 per day- If are caring for a family member
  • $200 per day- If you are caring for a child whose school is closed

Who qualifies?

These benefits generally apply if you meet the following

  • You are a government worker
  • You work for a small or mid-sized company
  • You have been employed with your current employer for at-least 30-days
  • Small businesses with 50 or fewer employees may be exempt from paying out sick-leave benefits at the risk of causing financial harm such as bankruptcy.
  • Through a payroll tax credit, businesses who do pay paid sick-leave will receive full reimbursements within three months of payments

Who does not qualify?

Not everyone qualifies for paid sick leave under this new legislation. You are not eligible if you work for a company with 500 or more employees. However, your employer may offer paid sick leave and other employee benefits.

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