The Emergency Coronavirus Relief Act of 2020 has extended through March 31 pandemic-related assistance for both employees and employers. Businesses with fewer than 500 employees can provide employees with paid leave, either for the employee’s own health needs or to care for family members, and be reimbursed the cost of the paid leave through a tax credit.
These benefits are currently available through March 31, 2021.
Here is a summary of the law’s benefits for employees and employers:
What it means for you
What you need to do now
EMPLOYEES. To take advantage of these paid leave provisions, you must provide your employer with documentation in support of your paid sick leave. There is yet no official application that needs to be completed. If you believe that your employer is required to provide paid leave but is not making paid leave available, or for other questions or concerns, you may call the Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division at 1-866-4US-WAGE or visit www.dol.gov/agencies/whd.
EMPLOYERS. Here is what you need to do:
Remember that currently these benefits have only been extended through March 31. Stay alert for further updates as another COVID relief package is currently being ironed out in Washington, D.C.
Last updated: 02/03/2021
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