2021 EPSL and EFML Credits
This is our #1 question from you today.
Offering Emergency Paid Sick Leave and Emergency Family and Medical Leave has been extended to March 31, 2021. This is optional for employees for the period from January 1st to March 31st. If you do decide to offer it, you must be consistent with all of your eligible employees for the entire 3-month period.
You will receive a credit for up to two weeks and it will be for 100% of their wages through payroll. This only applies to the UNUSED portion of their original allotment that remains on January 1. For example, if the employee is entitled to 80 hours of EPSL between April 1 and December 31 and 40 hours have been used, only 40 hours carry over to 2021, to be used by March 31st.
Again, you will report this to your payroll company and they will process the credit.
If you decide not to continue the (now optional) credit, you will treat the illness (COVID or other) just as you do with any other employee time off according to your employment manual.
One final thought: if an employee is sick or under a mandatory quarantine, you do NOT want that person in your office! Providing the credits available for that person may be a good solution for you and your employee.
This credit is NOT the same as #4 below.