COVID-19 Resources
for Employers

Updated 4/20/2020

PayNW is committed to helping its clients navigate the COVID-19 crisis and related legislation. Below you will find summaries of some the most important federal payroll-related programs, a description of specific ways PayNW can help, a summary of relevant Washington State programs, links to resources for other US states, and a link to some very helpful COVID-related HR resources and policies. 

New Federal Legislation

 

 

 

How PayNW Can Help

Paychecks mailed directly to employee residence

Understanding that many employees are now either working from home or temporarily unable to come to their place of work, PayNW can switch paper paychecks to be delivered to each employee’s home address, instead of sending paychecks to the work location. To understand if this is the right option for your business, contact your CSR to learn more.

FFCRA leave tracking and credit obtainment

PayNW can help its clients track the new Sick Leave and Emergency Paid FMLA Leave mandated by the FFCRA. Earnings codes are now available to be configured to client specific circumstances. Leave can be requested and approved and tracked using PayNW’s HCM system. Clients are being provided a FFCRA Leave configuration questionnaire in order to expedite deployment of these new leave types. 

PayNW can help clients utilize the employment tax credits provide by the FFCRA by offsetting the cost of the newly mandated sick and paid FMLA leave against their federal employment taxes. Should clients have credits beyond their federal employment taxes, PayNorthwest can assist with obtaining advanced payment of the credit by completing Form 7200 on behalf of the client.

Furlough

If your best option in response to this crisis is to furlough some of your workforce, PayNW can help guide you in how to best manage your system data to help facilitate unemployment claims, maintain seniority and benefits should you so choose, minimize your system cost with us, and set you up for the easiest possible return of your people when furlough is over.

CARES Act provisions 

PayNW cannot advise clients on which of the CARES Act provisions relating to payroll and payroll taxes is best for them (the provision are in some cases mutually exclusive of each other).

SBA Paycheck Protection Program: PayNW can assist clients in producing payroll reports requested by the client’s bank in the application process.

Payroll Tax Deferral (Employer Social Security tax deferral): If client decides to avail itself of this option, PayNW will reduce tax collection from clients accordingly and initiate a reminder and collection for the deferred taxes based on the deferral timelines outlined in the CARES Act

Employee Retention Credits: If client determines they qualify, PayNW will offset client payroll taxes collected as allowed per guidelines from the IRS. 

 

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