Virus Paid Leave Law’s April 1 Start Muddles Layoff Decisions

By Ben Penn


Tanya Goldman, a senior policy analyst focusing on paid leave at the Center for Law and Social Policy, countered that small businesses should be able to preserve their workers and pay them for virus-induced leave thanks to the availability of billions of dollars in loans in the $2 trillion stimulus law.

“I’m always concerned about unintended consequences of laws, but in this instance, I think that the Families First Coronavirus Response Act—and particularly with the CARES Act provision that allows small businesses to seek an advance credit—is a real benefit to employers who want to retain their valuable workforce,” said Goldman, who was a WHD senior policy adviser under President Barack Obama.


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