The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which takes effect April 1, will give all American businesses with fewer than 500 employees funds to provide employees with paid leave, either for the employee’s own health needs or to care for family members.
The legislation will ensure that workers are not forced to choose between their paychecks and the public health measures needed to combat the virus while at the same time reimbursing businesses.
The three major components of this bill that will affect businesses of all sizes include:
- Paid sick leave;
- Paid family and medical leave; and
- New tax credits.
The Department of Labor (DOL) is providing compliance assistance and technical assistance related to the paid leave requirements established in the FFCRA. If your question is not addressed by the DOL guidance, you can call 866-487-9243 (or 866-4USWAGE) to be connected to your local Wage and Hour Division (WHD) office. WHD staff can assist you with your questions.
Emergency Paid Sick Leave
Understand what provisions employers should take under the FFCRA to protect the health of employees.
Paid Family and Medical Leave
Companies with less than 500 employees need to know what qualifies under expanded FMLA requirements.
New Tax Credits
Tax credits may be available to employers, as well as self-employed individuals, for sick leave wages and health care costs.
Small businesses with fewer than 50 employees may be exempt from paid leave requirements under certain circumstances.
View official guidance from the Department of Labor and Internal Revenue Service, and office communications materials.