March 19, 2020

Summary of H.R. 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

On March 14, the House of Representatives passed the U.S. Chamber of Commerce supported, Families First Coronavirus Response Act with a vote of 363-40 and one member voting present. The Senate quickly followed, passed the legislation on March 18 with a vote of 90-8. President Trump signed the legislation into law on March 18, making it Public Law No: 116-127.


  • Unemployment Compensation
  • Paid Sick Leave
  • Paid Family and Medical Leave (FMLA)
  • Provisions for Diagnostic Testing
  • Health Services
  • School Nutrition Programs, WIC, SNAP, Senior Food Programs
  • Medical Devices Liability
  • Discussion of Liquidity Impact for Small Businesses
  • Unemployment Compensation:

The bill gives state governments flexibility with respect to waiting periods and in interpreting the “able, available and actively looking” test for Unemployment Compensation (UC) eligibility. That said, it is important to emphasize that UC is not sick leave.

Read the full legislative summary from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

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