As of September 30, 2021, tax credits are no longer available for employers who have been voluntarily complying with the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) since the beginning of the year. In March 2020, former President Trump signed the FFCRA, which required employers with fewer than 500 employees to provide Emergency Family and Medical Leave and Emergency Paid Sick Leave to employees, and in turn these employers had the opportunity to receive tax credits to offset costs. Starting in 2021, employers were no longer required to comply with the FFCRA, but tax credits remained available through the end of September for employers who voluntarily chose to continue complying. At this time there are no federally mandated paid leaves or voluntary tax credits for paid leave associated with the coronavirus (COVID-19), although certain local jurisdictions still require paid leave in some circumstances.
Tips: Connect with your Vigilant Law Group employment attorney if you’re considering continuing the paid leave benefits created under the FFCRA, and/or if you need to check whether your local jurisdiction has mandated paid leave in place for COVID-19 related absences.