Employment Law Alert: Congress Adopts Emergency Paid Family Medical Leave and Sick Time Standards; Client Alert: State and Federal COVID-19 Small Business Loan Programs

ELA Alert Banner Logo (M0053443xB1386)Morse Attorneys Matthew Mitchell, Joe Hunt, and Amanda Thibodeau shared two important updates regarding new laws that apply to private-sector employers and employees affected by Coronavirus, as well as the launch of new programs to assist small businesses struggling during the COVID-19 outbreak.

The first update discusses how President Trump signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the “Act”), which introduces several new laws that apply to private-sector employers and employees affected by the Coronavirus. Two significant provisions of the Act include: The Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (The “EFMLEA”) and The Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (The “EPSLA”).

The second update talks about how COVID-19 is significantly affecting businesses large and small and how existing programs and new programs are being launched to assist small businesses in these difficult times. On March 17, 2020, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker requested an EIDL disaster declaration for all counties in Massachusetts.

Read our Employment Law Blog for additional information regarding the Coronavirus.