Signed into law on March 11th, 2021, The American Rescue Plan Act offers an extension to Families First Coronavirus Response Act. This provision added additional reasons the leave can be used as well as increasing the cap on eligible compensation for a tax credit.
FFCRA continues to be voluntary for businesses with less than 500 employees but employers who offer the leave will continue to receive a ta credit through September 30th, 2021.
Covered employees are eligible for paid sick leave include:
Balances for EPSL reset on April 1st, 2021. Up to 80 hours is available for each employee, regardless of usage from April 1st, 2020 – March 31st, 2021. Employers must offer this benefit ethically and without favoring highly compensated, full time or long tenured employees. Doing so will disqualify the employer from credit for the hours.
A full outline of the program can be found here
Please reach out to HRservices@idoc.net with questions.
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