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COVID-Related Changes to Paid Sick Leave
Jackson Walker Link to more items from this source
Apr. 5, 2021

Podcast with transcript. "[E]mployers need to make sure they're not giving this FFCRA paid sick leave to employees based on the fact that they are highly compensated, or that they're full time, or based on seniority.... [T]hey're not going to qualify for those tax credits ... [and] will have to cover the costs themselves if they choose to do this."

Tags: Coronavirus (COVID-19)  •  FFCRA  •  FMLA and Other Leave

Payroll Tax Credit for COVID-19 Sick and Family Leave
Congressional Research Service [CRS] Link to more items from this source
[Guidance Overview]
Apr. 2, 2021

"This [report] provides an overview of the tax credits for paid leave initially provided in the [FFCRA] and later extended in the COVID-related Tax Relief Act of 2020, enacted as Division N, Title II, Subtitle B of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (P.L. 116-260) and the American Rescue Plan Act[.]" [IF11739, Apr. 1, 2021]

Tags: ARPA  •  Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021   •  Coronavirus (COVID-19)  •  FFCRA  •  FMLA and Other Leave

ARPA Extends Tax Credits for Providing COVID-19 Leave
Bradley Link to more items from this source
[Guidance Overview]
Apr. 2, 2021

"The ARPA [1] increases the qualifying reasons for EPSL to nine ... [2] resets an employee's available EPSL days as of April 1, 2021.... [3] extends the EFMLA qualifying reasons to all nine of the EPSL reasons[.]"

Tags: ARPA  •  Coronavirus (COVID-19)  •  FFCRA  •  FMLA and Other Leave

Philadelphia Implements COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave Mandate
Jackson Lewis P.C. Link to more items from this source
[Guidance Overview]
Apr. 2, 2021

"The amended [Public Health Emergency Leave (PHEL)] ordinance ... expands existing paid sick leave requirements by mandating Philadelphia businesses with at least 50 employees provide additional paid time off to employees who have worked for the business at least 90 days."

Tags: Coronavirus (COVID-19)  •  FFCRA  •  FMLA and Other Leave  •  Local Regulation

The American Rescue Plan Keeps the FFCRA Voluntary But Expands Paid Leave
Epstein Becker Green Link to more items from this source
[Guidance Overview]
Apr. 2, 2021

"Employers covered by relevant federal, state, and/or local leave laws, including any recently enacted emergency leave laws, should evaluate how, if at all, those laws interact with paid leave benefits provided under the Act."

Tags: ARPA  •  COBRA  •  Coronavirus (COVID-19)  •  FFCRA  •  FMLA and Other Leave

Does FFCRA Leave Exhaust FMLA Leave?
FMLA Insights Link to more items from this source
[Guidance Overview]
Apr. 1, 2021

"[T]he employer might consider choosing to provide 10 days of EPSL only, and not EFML, which ensures its risk is effectively zero.... As to whether EFML should count against FMLA classic leave, the employer must determine its risk tolerance."

Tags: ARPA  •  Coronavirus (COVID-19)  •  FFCRA  •  FMLA and Other Leave

ARPA Includes Voluntary Extension and Expansion of FFCRA Paid Leave
ERISA Benefits Law, PLLC Link to more items from this source
[Guidance Overview]
Mar. 30, 2021

"An employer's decision to extend EPSL and EFMLA paid leave is entirely voluntary.... However, employers wishing to take advantage of the refundable tax credits will need to comply with the EPSL and EFMLA requirements, as modified by the ARPA."

Tags: ARPA  •  FFCRA  •  FMLA and Other Leave

Employee W-2's May Need to Be Corrected for FFCRA Leaves
Hall Benefits Law Link to more items from this source
Mar. 25, 2021

"While IRS Notice 2020-54 provided guidance on the W-2 reporting requirement in July 2020, this guidance was not incorporated into Form W-2 instructions for 2020. Since most employers provide W-2s to their employees by January 31, there may be many who misreported leave payments and must now send corrected W-2s to their employees."

Tags: Coronavirus (COVID-19)  •  FFCRA  •  FMLA and Other Leave

ARPA Extends FFCRA Tax Credit for COVID-19 Related Paid Leave
Quarles & Brady LLP Link to more items from this source
[Guidance Overview]
Mar. 22, 2021

"[The ARPA extends] the [FFCRA] tax credits through September 30, 2021. The ARPA also broadens the qualifying reasons for the FFCRA tax credit and imposes a new anti-discrimination requirement."

Tags: ARPA  •  Coronavirus (COVID-19)  •  FFCRA  •  FMLA and Other Leave

There's a Lot to Unpack on the New FFCRA; Many Questions Remain
FMLA Insights Link to more items from this source
[Guidance Overview]
Mar. 18, 2021

"The new law explicitly states that employees get a new bucket of EPSL as of April [1] But do employees also receive a new bucket of EFML as of April 1? ... Can employers provide EPSL but not EFML? ... Can employers provide just a portion of EPSL or EFML, but not the entire allotment? ... Do employers run EFML against an employee's classic FMLA entitlement?"

Tags: ARPA  •  FFCRA  •  FMLA and Other Leave

Hitting the 'Reset' Button on Paid Leave Under the American Rescue Plan
Lane Powell Link to more items from this source
[Guidance Overview]
Mar. 17, 2021

"Employees who are working from home may have large accruals in their leave banks, particularly if the employer has adopted a PTO plan. An employer who voluntarily adopts FFCRA leave under [ARPA] would be required to grant 10 additional days of COVID-related sick leave beginning April 1 that may be used until September 30, 2021, on top of other available paid leave."

Tags: ARPA  •  FFCRA  •  FMLA and Other Leave

Editor's Pick ARPA Employee Benefits Provisions
Thomson Reuters Practical Law Link to more items from this source
[Guidance Overview]
Mar. 16, 2021

"ARPA-21 contains numerous employee benefits and executive compensation provisions, including premium assistance for [COBRA] health plan continuation coverage ... single-employer defined benefit plan funding relief, financial assistance to multiemployer pension plans, and an expansion of the definition of 'covered employee' under Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code."

Tags: ARPA  •  COBRA  •  Executive comp  •  FFCRA  •  FMLA and Other Leave  •  Funding of DB Plans  •  Multiemployer Plans

American Rescue Plan Act: Changes to Dependent Care and Paid Sick Leave
Jackson Walker Link to more items from this source
[Guidance Overview]
Mar. 15, 2021

"The credit for paid sick leave under the [FFCRA] is extended for absences and paid leaves provided by employers in 2021.... The paid sick leave credit applies even though the mandate to provide paid sick leave under the FFCRA has expired."

Tags: ARPA  •  Coronavirus (COVID-19)  •  Dependent Care  •  FFCRA  •  FMLA and Other Leave

The American Rescue Plan Act Extends FFCRA Tax Credit, But Not the Mandate
Jackson Lewis P.C. Link to more items from this source
[Guidance Overview]
Mar. 15, 2021

"[ARPA] does not mandate employers provide COVID-19 related leave and continues to limit the tax credit to employers covered by the FFCRA (which for private employers, means employers with less than 500 employees)."

Tags: ARPA  •  Coronavirus (COVID-19)  •  FFCRA  •  FMLA and Other Leave

Paid Leave Tax Credits Under the American Rescue Plan Act
Armstrong Teasdale Link to more items from this source
[Guidance Overview]
Mar. 15, 2021

"ARPA will extend [the] tax credits from April 1, 2021, through Sept. 30, 2021, and expand the reasons for which eligible employees can take tax credit-funded EPSLA and EFMLA leaves."

Tags: ARPA  •  Coronavirus (COVID-19)  •  FFCRA  •  FMLA and Other Leave

American Rescue Plan Act Includes Many Health Coverage Provisions
OneDigital Health and Benefits Link to more items from this source
[Guidance Overview]
Mar. 12, 2021

"The credits for paid sick and family leave created by the [FFCRA] are extended to September 30, 2021.... Concerning the paid sick leave portion of the law, the American Rescue Plan resets the two-week leave limit as of March 31, 2021."

Tags: ARPA  •  COBRA  •  FFCRA  •  FMLA and Other Leave

U.S. House Version of FFCRA Provides Some Clarity for Employers
FMLA Insights Link to more items from this source
Mar. 3, 2021

"In the end, the House modified and extended the payroll tax credits for employer-provided paid sick and paid FMLA leave.... Congress is poised to simply extend FFCRA leave provisions on a voluntary basis, just as we have now."

Tags: Coronavirus (COVID-19)  •  FFCRA  •  FMLA and Other Leave

Text of Agency FAQs About FFCRA and CARES Act Implementation, Part 44: Coverage of COVID-19 Diagnostic Testing Without Cost Sharing (PDF)
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services [CMS], U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [HHS]; U.S. Department of Labor [DOL]; and U.S.Treasury Department Link to more items from this source
[Official Guidance]
Feb. 27, 2021

11 pages; 14 Q&As. "This document addresses the requirement under section 6001 of the [FFCRA], as amended by section 3201 of the [CARES Act], for group health plans and health insurance issuers offering group or individual health insurance coverage, including grandfathered health plans, to provide benefits for certain items and services related to diagnostic testing for COVID-19, without imposing any cost-sharing requirements, prior authorization, or other medical management requirements. In addition, this document addresses the requirement under section 3203 of the CARES Act for non-grandfathered group health plans and health insurance issuers offering non-grandfathered group or individual health insurance coverage to cover, without cost sharing, qualifying coronavirus preventive services, including recommended COVID-19 vaccines. This document also addresses other health coverage issues related to COVID-19 and includes information about how providers may seek federal reimbursement when delivering COVID-19 related services to the uninsured."

Tags: CARES Act  •  Coronavirus (COVID-19)  •  FFCRA  •  Health Plan Administration  •  Health Plan Design

Administration Strengthens Requirements That Plans and Issuers Cover COVID-19 Diagnostic Testing Without Cost Sharing and Ensures Providers Are Reimbursed for Administering COVID-19 Vaccines to Uninsured
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services [CMS], U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [HHS] Link to more items from this source
[Guidance Overview]
Feb. 27, 2021

"This guidance makes clear that private group health plans and issuers generally cannot use medical screening criteria to deny coverage for COVID-19 diagnostic tests for individuals with health coverage who are asymptomatic, and who have no known or suspected exposure to COVID-19. Such testing must be covered without cost sharing, prior authorization, or other medical management requirements imposed by the plan or issuer.... In addition, the guidance confirms that plans and issuers must cover point-of-care COVID-19 diagnostic tests, and COVID-19 diagnostic tests administered at state or locally administered testing sites. "

Tags: CARES Act  •  Coronavirus (COVID-19)  •  FFCRA  •  Health Plan Administration  •  Health Plan Design

Congress Extends Tax Credit for Paid Family and Medical Leave
Mercer Link to more items from this source
[Guidance Overview]
Feb. 15, 2021

"The temporary credit ranges from 12.5% to 25% of wages paid to qualifying employees for up to 12 weeks of family and medical leave per taxable year. However, certain requirements and limitations put the credit out of reach for many employers with paid leave programs."

Tags: Coronavirus (COVID-19)  •  FFCRA  •  FMLA and Other Leave

IRS Issues Updated Form 8994 for Employer Tax Credit for Paid Family and Medical Leave
Thomson Reuters / EBIA Link to more items from this source
[Guidance Overview]
Feb. 11, 2021

"Employers that provided paid family and medical leave during the 2020 tax year -- especially those that also provided paid leave related to COVID-19 -- will want to review the updated [Form 8994] and instructions when preparing their tax return"

Tags: Coronavirus (COVID-19)  •  FFCRA  •  FMLA and Other Leave  •  Reporting to Government Agencies

Local California COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave Ordinances Fill Gap Left by FFCRA Expiration
Liebert Cassidy Whitmore Link to more items from this source
[Guidance Overview]
Feb. 11, 2021

"[T]he cities of Oakland and San Jose, and the County of Los Angeles, have local ordinances in place that apply to both smaller and larger employers. Many other jurisdictions are considering enacting similar ordinances[.]"

Tags: FFCRA  •  FMLA and Other Leave  •  Local Regulation

Editor's Pick New IRS Form Available for Self-Employed Individuals to Claim COVID-19 Sick and Family Leave Tax Credits Under FFCRA
Internal Revenue Service [IRS] Link to more items from this source
[Official Guidance]
Feb. 8, 2021

"Eligible self-employed individuals will determine their qualified sick and family leave equivalent tax credits with the new IRS Form 7202, Credits for Sick Leave and Family Leave for Certain Self-Employed Individuals PDF. They'll claim the tax credits on their 2020 Form 1040 for leave taken between April 1, 2020, and December 31, 2020, and on their 2021 Form 1040 for leave taken between January 1, 2021, and March 31, 2021."

Tags: Coronavirus (COVID-19)  •  FFCRA  •  FMLA and Other Leave

Santa Rosa, California Extends and Amends Its Emergency Paid Sick Leave Ordinance
Littler Link to more items from this source
[Guidance Overview]
Feb. 5, 2021

"The amendments took effect immediately on February 2, 2021, extending the ordinance through March 31, 2021, or the date federal tax credits expire for providing paid leave under the federal [FFCRA], whichever is later."

Tags: FFCRA  •  FMLA and Other Leave  •  Local Regulation

Tracking Federal COVID-19 Laws Affecting Employee Benefits, Jobs (PDF)
Mercer Link to more items from this source
[Guidance Overview]
Feb. 3, 2021

20 pages. Summary of significant employment-related provisions in COVID-19 relief legislation, including measures affecting: [1] Retirement plans; [2] Health benefits; [3] Paid leave benefits; [4] Other health, welfare and retirement benefit requirements; [5] Other tax credits, deductions and financial aid for employers and individuals.

Tags: CARES Act  •  Coronavirus (COVID-19)  •  FFCRA  •  Health Plan Administration  •  Retirement Plan Administration


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