On March 18, President Trump signed H.R. 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, into law in response to the recent Coronavirus outbreak. This measure, while taking many level-headed actions to mitigate risks to our communities, included a new employer-fronted paid leave mandate that AGC strongly advocated against. AGC recommended to Congress that the federal government—not construction employers—is best equipped to administer and front compensation for COVID-19-related illness leave. These requirements take effect on April 2, 2020, and sunset on December 31, 2020. However, the legislative environment remains fluid. The Senate could consider altering these mandates in a COVID-19 economic investment bill, a third COVID-19 related measure. For further information and a summary of the paid leave mandate, click here.