COVID-19 and Emergency Paid Leave Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act:EFMLA and EPSLA
Due to COVID-19, many of your employees are likely requesting paid leave to:
- recover from illness,
- observe quarantine requirements,
- assist ailing family members, or
- care for children whose schools and daycare facilities are closed.
You can help them at the government’s expense. Congress enacted the Emergency Family Medical Leave Act (EFMLA) and the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSLA). These laws require employers to provide emergency paid leave payments for employees who take time off due to the novel coronavirus. Even small employers must provide paid leave.
Employers will receive a dollar-for-dollar, refundable tax credit to cover leave expenses. You need to disburse the funds in advance and collect refunds through quarterly or special payroll tax return filings.
- When does an employee qualify for EFMLA or EPSLA?
- Can you require that an employee use other forms of leave first?
- How can you balance these enhanced paid leave benefits with the new, enhanced unemployment benefits?
- How do the EFMLA and EPSLA benefits interact with the FMLA and ADA rules?
- How can you secure swift tax credit refunds from the government for providing paid leave?
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