By Brian Carnie, Chelsea Caswell, Ed Hardin, Scott Huffstetler, Erin Kilgore, Michael Lowe, Zoe Vermeulen, and David Whitaker

After midnight on March 14, 2020, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 6201, a 110 page, bipartisan coronavirus response bill.  The House approved the bill on a 363-40 vote and has President Trump’s support.  Included in the bill are comprehensive mandated paid leave provisions related to the coronavirus outbreak.  The Senate is expected to take up the bill next week.  In its current form, the bill amends the FMLA to expand employer coverage and employee eligibility, adds paid leave entitlements, and provides for employment protections for employees.  The current bill attempts to offset employer costs for the mandated paid leave with a 100% tax credit equal to the paid leave provided to employees.  When the bill reaches the Senate, it is likely to undergo some changes.  More regarding the bill can be found at this story from The Washington Post.