Loeffler Continues To Take Action To Help Employers and Workers
Introduces Two Bills to Expand Training for Workers, Protect Small Businesses and Health Care Providers from Civil Suits
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) continues to introduce legislative proposals as part of her USA Restoring & Igniting the Strength of our Economy (USA RISE) Plan, a framework to reinvest in America, grow jobs and help families amid the coronavirus. Loeffler introduced two bills today as part of the “Hiring in the USA” pillar of the plan. Last week, Loeffler introduced three bills as part of this same pillar.
The American Workforce Development Act will increase the amount an employer can provide to employees in tax exempt tuition benefits from $5,250 to $11,500 per year. These education assistance programs allow an employer to pay for an employee’s training or school, and are tax deductible for the employer and not taxable income for the employee. Bill text is available here.
The Protecting Reopening Businesses Recovering from COVID-19 Act will protect businesses and health care providers who take appropriate health measures from being held liable for customers or employees who contract COVID-19. Bill text is available here.
“Friday’s jobs report showed the resilience of our economy, but we still have work to do,” Loeffler said. “The legislation I am introducing this week will help spur job growth and help small businesses and workers in two ways. First, businesses need to know they can safely reopen and won’t face trial lawyers with frivolous lawsuits looking to profit off a pandemic. Second, expanding education assistance programs allows employers to offer increased benefits and helps employees go back to school or learn a new skill. Our economy is starting to make a comeback, and I will continue to do all I can to help get Americans back to work.”
Last week, Loeffler introduced three additional bills as part of the “Hiring in the USA” pillar of the plan: the Paycheck Protection Program Timeframe, Modification, and Extension (PPP TIME) Act, the Helping Americans Return to Work Act and the Lessening Regulatory Costs and Establishing a Federal Regulatory Budget Act.
Last month, she introduced four pieces of legislation as part of the “Families in the USA” pillar: the Working Families Childcare Access (WFCA) Act, the Limiting Infant Fatality and Empowering Nonprofit Organization Workforces (LIFE NOW) Act, the Affordable Health Care Options Act and a resolution on child care.
Loeffler, who was named to the President’s Opening Up America Again Congressional Group, spent nearly three decades in the private sector helping build and grow small and large businesses and helping to create thousands of jobs. She most recently was the CEO of a financial technology firm.