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What are the tax credits under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)?

Posted by Bonita Hatchett-Bodle

Apr 8, 2020 12:33:07 PM

Tax credits are available to employers between April 1, 2020, and December 31, 2020, for qualifying paid sick leave and expanded medical leave under the FFCRA. The credits are equal to 100% of the stated limit for the types of leave described below. The purpose of the tax credit is to enable employers to provide this paid leave without the additional financial burden during these difficult times.

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Topics: COVID-19, Families First Coronavirus Response Act, EPSLA, EFMLEA, FFCRA

Can an employee take leave under both the EPSLA and the EFMLA because a child’s school is closed?

Posted by Bonita Hatchett-Bodle

Apr 8, 2020 12:30:33 PM

Yes. First, the employee may take two weeks of paid leave under the sick leave provisions of the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSLA) and Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (EFMLEA) at two-thirds of the employee’s regular rate of pay. Second, the employee would take the ten weeks of paid leave available under the expanded leave provisions at two-thirds of the employee’s regular rate of pay.

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Topics: Families First Coronavirus Response Act, paid leave, EPSLA, EFMLA

Does overtime pay have to be included when determining paid leave?

Posted by Bonita Hatchett-Bodle

Apr 8, 2020 12:21:31 PM

Yes. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) requires you to pay an employee for hours the employee would have been normally scheduled to work even if that is more than 40 hours in a week. For example, an employee who is scheduled to work 50 hours a week may take 50 hours of paid sick leave in the first week and 30 hours of paid sick leave in the second week for the total of 80 hours of paid leave.

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Topics: Coronavirus, COVID-19, Families First Coronavirus Response Act

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