FFCRA stands for the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and was the first piece of legislation to be passed by Congress in response to COVID-19.  We are getting questions from many of you regarding the new federal law and how it impacts employers beginning on April 1, 2020. 

Jim Hetlage and Julie Devine at Lashly & Baer, P.C. have put together a clear and concise overview of the law and their firm has launched a COVID-19 resource page for more information on this topic and others.  Please feel free to reach out to either of them directly with specific scenarios and questions you may have.  They are very knowledgeable and quick to respond. You may contact either of them directly at jdevine@lashlybaer.com or jhetlage@lashlybaer.com

Dannae Delano and The Wagner Law Group have also provided a summary of the law as well.  Dannae is a great resource on legal issues related to employee benefits plans including the employer mandate, COBRA, ERISA, and more.  You can contact Dannae directly at  DDelano@wagnerlawgroup.com.

In addition, don’t forget to take advantage of our free HR 360 call in support service.  All clients can log into the portal 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  In addition, there is a number on the home page to call in if you have specific questions related to this new law and would like advice from a professional HR specialist. 

Zywave, the company that owns HR 360, has created a free portal with additional up to date information related to COVID-19 that is free for any employer to access. 

The IRS has released some guidance regarding implementation of the tax credits included in the law.  Please see their page here for additional information.

The Department of Labor (DOL) has also released guidance as well including a Fact Sheet for Employers and a Questions and Answers Document. Click here for the new required poster from the DOL and this FAQ regarding poster requirements.

The Department of Labor 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).

In addition, the Treasury Department and the IRS released FAQs to help small and midsize businesses navigate paid sick and family leave tax credits.