H.R.6198: Emergency Paid Leave Act of 2020

Overview

Emergency Paid Leave Act (H.R. 6198) would require the Social Security Administration (SSA) to provide emergency paid leave for employees that need to take leave due to COVID-19. An employee (including traditionally excluded individuals such as gig workers and self-employed) would be able to apply for SSA leave payments if the employee 1) has been diagnosed with COVID-19, 2) is under self-quarantine at the direction of a governmental entity or health care provider, 3) is caring for another individual who is under such self-quarantine, or 4) is caring for that employee’s child because the child’s school or child-care provider is closed due to COVID-19. SSA payments would have to make up two-thirds of an eligible employee’s average monthly payment with a maximum of $4,000 for up to three months.

The Emergency Paid Leave Act failed to make it into the final version of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201) in favor of a less comprehensive leave program that excluded employees of businesses with more than 500 workers.

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Talking Points

  • Ensuring that all workers can receive paid leave to take care of themselves or an ailing family member is more important than ever as millions of families face unexpected economic turmoil due to the coronavirus. In addition to relieving families of economic anxiety during this time of uncertainty, this bill would almost certainly save lives by keeping individuals who have contracted the coronavirus at home rather than forcing them to spread the virus at their place of work in order to maintain a paycheck.
  • The National Assembly is disappointed that this bill was stripped out of the FFCRA and urge Congress to reintroduce this legislation in any future coronavirus relief package.

Our Stance

Support

Priority

Medium

Bill Number

H.R.6198

Date Introduced

March 11, 2020

Committee

House Ways and Means Committee

Bill Status

Introduced or Prefiled