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Fact Sheet: The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) & the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act

Congress passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) in response to the growing coronavirus emergency; the President signed it into law on March 18, 2020, and it is effective on April 1, 2020. The law contains several important paid leave provisions related to the pandemic. Congress followed the FFCRA by passing a second bill, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which the President signed into law on March 27, 2020, effective immediately. The CARES Act included a number of additional paid leave and unemployment insurance provisions that are also reflected in this fact sheet.


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