Families First Coronavirus Response Act

On March 18, 2020 President Trump signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The Act and its provisions go into effect on April 1, 2020.

The FFCRA mandates that employers of less than 500 employees must provide paid leave for employees affected by and unable to perform their work due to the coronavirus. This paid leave is of two types:

  1. Paid sick leave. 80 hours of paid sick time available at the employee’s full regular rate of pay subject to dollar caps. This is reduced to two-thirds pay if the leave is due to caring for others (sick or quarantined family member or child whose school or childcare is unavailable)
  2. Paid Emergency FMLA. Ten additional weeks of paid FMLA for those who must stay home to care for a child whose school or childcare is closed. The ten weeks are to be paid at two-thirds the employee’s rate of pay, subject to dollar caps. Provisions are made to calculate part-time workers’ regular rate of pay.

Payroll Tax credits are available to employers to offset all costs of providing these paid leaves. Credits also include the portion of health insurance costs that is attributable to the paid leave provided.

To help your organization take advantage of these leave types, we need some information from you. Please complete the form on this page so that your new leaves of absence codes are configured correctly.

More information about FFCRA

Read the press release from the IRS

Please complete this short questionnaire to help us configure your system to track leaves of absence related to COVID-19.