By Payroll and Entitlements Editorial Staff
The U.S. Department of Labor, late on Wednesday, April 1, announced new action regarding how American workers and employers will benefit from the protections and relief offered by the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act and Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act, both part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which was signed into law on March 18 (P.L. 116-127). The Department’s Wage and Hour Division posted a temporary rule issuing regulations pursuant to this new law, effective April 1, 2020.
Tax credits for employers, leave for employees. The FFCRA, noted the DOL, reimburses American private employers that have fewer than 500 employees with tax credits for the cost of providing employees with paid leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. The law enables employers to keep their workers on their payrolls, while at the same time ensuring that workers are not forced to choose between their paychecks and the public health measures needed to combat the virus. WHD administers the paid leave portions of the FFCRA.
Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia noted that "The bill provides unprecedented paid leave benefits to American workers affected by the virus, while ensuring that businesses are reimbursed dollar-for-dollar. This is one of a number of important actions being taken to protect and sustain workers and their families during this time of need."
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