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The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) that went into effect in April of 2020 required employers with less than 500 employees to provide certain forms of paid COVID-related leave to eligible employees. Specifically, the FFCRA provided for 80 hours of emergency paid sick leave (EPSL) to be used by employees who were unable to work or telework due to specific COVID-related reasons and 12 weeks of emergency family and medical leave (EFMLA) to be used to care for an employee’s child because the child’s school or daycare was closed or unavailable due to the pandemic. FFCRA leave was fully or partially paid depending upon the circumstances and, in all cases, the employer was eligible to be reimbursed for the entire cost of the leave through a dollar-for-dollar payroll tax credit.

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