FFCRA Revamp – What Employers Should Know

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March 11, 2021

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Congress recently enacted the American Rescue Plan Act, extending the tax credits for the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) paid leave provisions. Although FFCRA leave is still not required, if employers want to voluntarily take advantage of the tax benefits, there are new rules to take into consideration.

Beginning April 1, 2021, employers may voluntarily provide a new bank of 10 days’ emergency paid sick leave to employees and receive the tax credit for it through September 30, 2021. The Rescue Plan also expands the reasons for taking emergency paid sick leave and emergency family and medical leave to include:

  • An employee is seeking or awaiting the results of a diagnostic test for, or a medical diagnosis of, COVID–19 and such employee has been exposed to COVID–19 or the employee’s employer has requested such test or diagnosis.
  • An employee is obtaining immunization related to COVID–19 or recovering from any injury, disability, illness, or condition related to such immunization. (This benefit may support employer vaccination programs.)

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