House Bill H.R. 6201

On March 14th, the House passed H.R. 6201 in response to the spread of COVID-19 across the United States which it then revisited on March 16th. The revised bill provides that private-sector employers with fewer than 500 employees, and covered public-sector employers, must provide up to 12 weeks of job-protected FMLA leave for “a qualifying need related to a public health emergency” to employees who have been on the payroll for 30 calendar days. 

This “qualifying need” is limited to circumstances where an employee is unable to work (or telework) due to a need to care for a minor child if the child’s school or place of child care has been closed or is unavailable due to a public health emergency. This measure will have to pass through the Senate, then move to the President for approval before it can become law.

For the full summary of H.R. 6201, please read the article by clicking here.

If passed, this legislation will greatly affect moving companies all across Florida. PMAF will follow H.R. 6201 closely through the legislative process and will keep members updated.

On March 16th, the American Moving & Storage Association (AMSA) along with 81 other organizations signed a letter to the U.S. Senate which called for improvements to be made to H.R. 6201.

These improvements aimed to ensure that all American workers have access to paid leave in the face of the COVID-19 public health crisis while also providing relief to businesses and important incentives to sustain access to employer-provided health benefits, on which nearly 180 million Americans depend.

To read the letter, please click here. AMSA's signature is highlighted.