Human Resources

The Washington Report Special Edition

March 19, 2020

President Trump Signs COVID-19 Relief Package Into Law


“Families First Coronavirus Response Act” Requires Employers to Provide Paid Family and Sick Leave; Health Care Plans Must Cover COVID-19 Testing Without Employee Cost-Sharing

On March 18, 2020, President Trump signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), the first of several pieces of legislation intended to address the economic impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The FFCRA, among other provisions, provides temporary payments to individuals for family and sick leave, allows businesses to receive tax credits for providing such payments, and requires group health plans to cover testing for COVID-19 without cost-sharing to participants.

The Aon bulletin, which provides additional information on the FFCRA, is available here.

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