Families First Coronavirus Response Act
On March 26, 2020 the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) published guidance to provide info to employees and employers: how each will be able to take advantage of the protections and relief offered by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) when it takes effect on April 1, 2020. Click the links below for info on how this directly affects you:
- New Employer Tax Credits
- COVID-19 and the American Workplace
- Employee Rights
- Employer Paid Leave Requirements
On March 18, 2020 the Senate approved the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to provide affected individuals with paid sick and family leave and create tax credits for affected employers, expand food and nutrition services, allow for emergency state unemployment insurance grants, and increase Medicaid funding to states, among other things.
How this may affect your family
- Emergency paid sick leave: Private sector employers with fewer than 500 workers and all public sector employers would have to provide paid sick leave of 2 weeks for full-time employees and average hours for a two-week period for part-time employees due to an isolation or quarantine order or advisory, or experiencing symptoms; or caring for a family member or for a child whose school or place of care is closed due to a public emergency. Capped at $511 per day and $5,110 in the aggregate for those on leave because of their own health issue, $200 per day and $2,000 in the aggregate to care for others. The Department of Labor has authority to issue regulations to exempt small businesses with fewer than 50 employees.
- Emergency family and medical leave: Private sector employers with fewer than 500 workers and government entities would have to provide as many as 12 weeks of job-protected leave to employees to care for a child whose school or place of care is closed. The first 10 days could be unpaid, although a worker could choose to use other accrued leave. Employers would be required to pay employees two-thirds of their wages, not to exceed $200 per day and $10,000 in the aggregate. The Labor Department is authorized to issue regulations to exclude certain health care providers and exempt small businesses with fewer than 50 employees.
- Tax credits for paid sick and family and medical leave: Employers would receive a 100% refundable payroll tax credit on the wages required to be paid under such leave and additional health benefit contributions. Also, any additional wages paid due to the leave requirement would not be subject to the employer portion of the payroll tax.
- Unemployment insurance: Provide as much as $1 billion for emergency transfers to states in fiscal 2020 to process and pay unemployment benefits. Individuals in states with rising unemployment can qualify for an additional 13 weeks (20 in some states) for unemployment benefits.
- Increase in Medicaid funding: Provides states with a 6.2% Medicaid FMAP increase for all medical services for the duration of the public health emergency
- Other provisions: Food and nutrition assistance, funding for free testing
For more information visit our COVID-19 Guidance Center.
Tips of where to get your information about the virus
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC.gov
Indiana State Department of Health News ISDH.in.gov
World Health Organization WHO.int
Where to find local updates about the virus
Decatur County Health Department Facebook Page
Bartholomew County Health Department Facebook Page
Ripley County Health Department Facebook Page
Franklin County Health Department Facebook Page
North Vernon Plain Dealer & Sun Homepage
We are committed to serving clients with care, and we are confident we are taking precautionary measures to promote the health and safety of our staff and clients. We know that this is a stressful time for everyone, and we hope that you, your family and our community stay safe.
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