The House recently and overwhelmingly passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201), which was supported by the President. Given the unique nature and magnitude of this crisis, as well as the expedited timeframe, there is extremely limited opportunity to make changes to the legislation and the Senate is expected to vote on it as soon as later today (Monday). View the full issue brief here.
The House bill admirably provides federal support to allow employers to offer paid leave to employees suffering from coronavirus. However, the mechanism to do so – with small businesses paying for it, and having to wait for a substantial timeframe to be reimbursed from the government, in the form of payroll tax credits – creates substantial challenges for restaurants that are already struggling to maintain cash-flow.
The National Restaurant Association sent this letter to Senators McConnell and Schumer yesterday.
We need to make some noise - ask your Senator to: fix the coronavirus relief bill and immediately pass additional measures aimed at providing critical relief to restaurants!