President signs Coronavirus Response Act

On March 18, 2020, President Trump signed H.R. 6201, the “Families First Coronavirus Response Act”, which goes into effect on April 2, 2020 and remains effective until December 31, 2020.  The Act attempts to mitigate the financial impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic on individuals by requiring employers to provide paid leave to employees who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 (the illness caused by the virus), caring for another person who is quarantined due to the coronavirus, or caring for a child whose school is closed because of the coronavirus. The Act also expands food assistance and unemployment benefits, mandates free coronavirus testing, and provides additional protections for health care workers.  For more information, click here.