The House of Representatives passed the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act, or HEROES Act on May 15, 2020. The Senate is not expected to vote until after Memorial Day and many Senate Republicans have already expressed disapproval of the bill.
The Act, if put into law, could provide assistance to state and local governments, hazard pay for frontline workers, an extension of unemployment benefits, forgiveness of student loan debt, and assistance to farmers, among other benefits. Most notably, the act would provide a second round of stimulus payments to Americans, providing $1,200 to every family member, including children, up to $6,000 per household. The same act would also allow immigrants to retroactively receive the $1,200 they were excluded from receiving with the first round of payments.
The HEROES Act would also expand payments and benefits available under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) to include employers of all sizes, not just employers with fewer than 500 employees. The HEROES Act would also remove the exemption for healthcare workers and certain employers with less than 50 employees, increase the number of employees eligible for benefits, and increase the maximum benefit under the Act. For more information concerning Coronavirus and businesses, visit our COVID-19 Employer Resource Page.