CORONAVIRUS: Harder’s Amended Paid Sick Leave Bill Passes House as Part of Second Emergency Response Package

March 16, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Representative Josh Harder’s (CA-10) Paid Sick Leave Credit Act has passed the House of Representatives as part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Rep. Harder’s bill will provide tax credits to businesses that pay sick leave to employees who miss work because of the Coronavirus. The larger package provides paid sick leave, universal testing, and additional protections for frontline workers among other important provisions.

“We got an important win for families in this bill – people can stay home to get better and prevent the spread of this disease without worrying about missing a mortgage or rent payment. It’s also an important win for small businesses, who won’t have to go out of business for doing the right thing and providing paid sick leave.” said Rep. Harder. “This was a first step and there’s more to do – all our families need paid sick leave, no matter the size of their employer. We’re going to keep fighting for universal paid sick leave, but this is a big step in the right direction.”

Representative Harder’s original bill was amended to gain bipartisan consensus. The Paid Sick Leave Credit Act as introduced by Rep. Harder would allow affected employers of any size to claim a 90 percent tax credit of the qualified sick leave wages paid to employees who miss work because of the Coronavirus. Credits for businesses will be limited to $7,156 per employee per year and are not refundable.

As amended and passed, the bill would provide a 100% tax credit for employees out sick as the result of coronavirus, makes the tax credit refundable, and applies to businesses with 50-500 employees.