Special Bulletin - March, 26, 2020
COVID Update: Coronavirus Response Act
The U.S. Senate passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. It’s extremely important that we be aware of what was passed and the impact on ourselves and our clients.

One of the goals of the act is to help small businesses retain their employees AND keep them on their health plans. This is done through a series of mandates on employers and loans to employers in the form of tax credits. 

The U.S. Department of Labor has created excellent resource material for both employees and employers to understand their rights and obligations.

For employer information, please refer to this link:

This is a summary of the leave requirements of the act and how employers can earn “dollar-for-dollar reimbursement through tax credits for all qualifying wages paid under the FFCRA”. It’s important to note that “applicable tax credits also extend to amounts paid or incurred to maintain health insurance coverage.”

For employees, this information is repeated on a separate informational page at: www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-employee-paid-leave

Allied will continue to monitor government resources that you can use to inform and help protect your clients.

If you have questions, please refer to our FAQ on the COVID crisis for information on questions related to your client’s health plan.
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