What’s in the House Coronavirus Relief Bill for Small Businesses

by Evil HR Lady on March 16, 2020

On Friday, the House passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which is designed to give relief to people and businesses affected by Covid-19. It passed, CNN reports, after “intense negotiations between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Trump administration.” It passed by a vote of 363-40, which means it had bipartisan support. We can expect that the Senate will pass the bill (although, undoubtedly with modifications). 

It specifically amends the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), giving some key changes. The most important is that this affects all companies with fewer than 500 employees–it doesn’t have the 50 employee floor that FMLA has. However, the Department of Labor has the ability to exempt small businesses if they can show this would cause financial hardship. These changes do not affect larger businesses over 500 employees. This means that your mom and pop shop with three employees is affected, while Google is not. 

Changes to FMLA

Employment attorney Jon Hyman summarized the benefits and changes as follows

  1. It amends to the definition of employee to anyone who has been employed by an employer for at least 30 days.
  2. It changes the definition of employer from “50 or more employees” to “fewer than 500 employees.”

To keep reading, click here: What’s in the House Coronavirus Relief Bill for Small Businesses

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