Families First Coronavirus Response Act
Federal Relief Legislation
Phase 2 | Families First Coronavirus Response Act
This Federal legislation, signed into law on March 18, 2020, addresses the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak by providing paid sick and family leave for employees and refundable tax credits for employers, as well as free COVID-19 testing; expanding food assistance and unemployment benefits; and increasing Medicaid funding.
Employee Paid Leave Rights
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act requires certain employers to provide employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. The Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division administers and enforces the new law’s paid leave requirements. These provisions will apply from the effective date through December 31, 2020. [read more]
Employer Paid Leave Requirements
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act requires certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. The Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division administers and enforces the new law’s paid leave requirements. These provisions will apply from the effective date through December 31, 2020. [read more]
U.S. Department of Labor Questions & Answers
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act provides paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for COVID-19-related reasons and creates the refundable paid sick leave credit and the paid child care leave credit for eligible employers. Eligible employers are businesses and tax-exempt organizations with fewer than 500 employees that are required to provide emergency paid sick leave and emergency paid family and medical leave under the Act. Eligible employers will be able to claim these credits based on qualifying leave they provide between the effective date and December 31, 2020. Equivalent credits are available to self-employed individuals based on similar circumstances. See IR-2020-57 for additional information.
The tax credits for qualified sick leave wages and qualified family leave wages required to be paid by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act will apply to wages paid for the period beginning on April 1, 2020 and ending on December 31, 2020. [Notice 2020-21]
To take advantage of the payroll tax credits, employees can retain the funds they would otherwise pay in payroll taxes. If those amounts aren’t sufficient, employers will be able to request an accelerated payment from the IRS by submitting a streamlined claim form that has not yet been released. The IRS anticipates processing these requests in two weeks or less.
*The IRS updated these FAQs on April 17, 2020.
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