The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) announced additional guidance to provide information to employers about protections and relief offered by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).
The FFCRA’s paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave requirements expired on Dec. 31, 2020. However, for employers will still receive the tax credit until March if they choose to continue to provide the leave to their workers.
The new guidance, in the form of Frequently Asked Questions on the WHD website, addresses whether workers who did not use their leave entitlement under the FFCRA in 2020 may use such leave after Dec. 31, 2020. It also explains how WHD will maintain its enforcement authority over employers’ leave responsibilities while the FFCRA’s paid leave requirements were in effect, even after these leave entitlements have expired.
Additionally, the Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA), 2021, extended employer tax credits for paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave voluntarily provided to employees until March 31, 2021. However, the CAA did not extend employees’ entitlement to FFCRA leave beyond Dec. 31, 2020, meaning employers will no longer be legally required to provide such leave.
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