Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Effective on April 1, 2020. This law extends FMLA for businesses with up to 500 employees, providing paid sick leave and continued health insurance benefits for employees unable to work/telework due to specific reasons related to COVID-19. Businesses with fewer than 50 employees may qualify for an exemption. Employers will be reimbursed through tax credits.

IRS FAQs on FFCRA Tax Credits for Self-employed Individuals

April 04, 2020

The IRS has issued frequently asked questions (FAQs) about tax credits available under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), including specific FAQs directed to self-employed individuals. This Compliance Bulletin contains the IRS FAQs for self-employed individuals.

DOL Guidance on Employers Covered by FFCRA Paid Leave

April 04, 2020

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued Q&As on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which requires employers with fewer than 500 employees to provide paid leave for certain COVID-19 purposes. The Q&As address how employees should determine whether they have fewer than 500 employees, and which government employers are subject to the leave requirements. This Compliance Bulletin contains the DOL's guidance in these areas.

IRS FAQs: FFCRA Tax Credits for Small and Midsize Businesses

April 04, 2020

The FFCRA provides workers with paid leave for reasons related to COVID-19. The FFCRA covers the costs of this paid leave by providing small businesses with refundable tax credits. Certain self-employed individuals in similar circumstances are entitled to similar credits. This Compliance Bulletin provides the FAQs issued by the IRS on how the FFCRA tax credits apply.

FFCRA Small Employer Exemption: DOL Guidance

April 04, 2020

This Compliance Bulletin provides a general summary of guidance issued by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) on how an employer may qualify for the small employer exemption from the requirements to provide leave for child care-related purposes under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).

DOL FAQs: Families First Coronavirus Response Act

April 04, 2020

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) provides eligible workers with paid leave for reasons related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This HR Compliance Bulletin contains questions and answers issued by the DOL to provide compliance assistance to employers and employees on their responsibilities and rights under the FFCRA. This document includes the FAQs issued Apr. 3, 2020.

Employee Rights Poster: Paid Sick Leave under the FFCRA

March 28, 2020

This DOL poster describes employees' paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave rights under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). Free download so you can post in your workplace or distribute it to employees. 

Employee Compensation and Benefits During Closures and Furloughs

March 27, 2020

As business closures increase due to the COVID-19 pandemic, employers are faced with questions about compensation and health benefit coverage for their employees. Government relief measures may provide compensation for businesses and individuals in certain situations. In other cases, existing rules on employee rights will apply. This Compliance Overview provides a summary of the issues that employers may encounter when terminating or suspending employment due to COVID-19.

Families First Coronavirus Response Act Questions & Answers

March 27, 2020

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) provides eligible workers with paid leave for reasons related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This HR Compliance Bulletin contains questions and answers issued by the DOL to provide compliance assistance to employers and employees on their responsibilities and rights under the FFCRA.

DOL: New Coronavirus Paid Leave Requirements Take Effect April 1

March 27, 2020

The paid employee leave requirements of the new Families First Coronavirus Response Act will take effect on April 1, 2020, according to Q&As issued by the U.S. Department of Labor.

IRS Issues Guidance on Tax Credits for Coronavirus Paid Leave

March 24, 2020

Employers with fewer than 500 employees may begin using two new refundable payroll tax credits to obtain reimbursement for the costs of providing coronavirus-related leave to their employees, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced on March 20, 2020. This document provides the guidance.

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