March 13, 2020
The House passed a legislative compromise with the Trump administration mandating employers provide emergency paid sick leave and FMLA benefits to all employees impacted by the coronavirus for one year and providing a 100% payroll tax credit to employers for the cost of those benefits, as Democrats continue to press for permanent paid sick leave and paid family and medical leave mandates.
As of the time of publication, the bill would:
President Trump may also take steps to defer tax payments for negatively impacted individuals and businesses and may still invoke the National Emergencies Act, which gives him a variety of powers, including the ability to regulate the operation of private enterprise and restrict travel.
Outlook: The House will quickly enact the measure, but it is unclear what changes the Senate will make to the bill when they take it up presumably this Monday. The paid leave provision was a result of direct negotiations between the White House and House Democrats, so the votes of House Republicans will be watched closely.