Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act

The USDOL on April 29, 2020 announced that a Southern California Tire Company will be required to pay an employee $2,606 in back wages for failing to provide sick leave to an employee under the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSLA) provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The employee presented documentation to his employer from a health care provider advising that he self-quarantine while waiting for a family member’s test results for coronavirus.  The employer mistakenly believed that the individual was required to produce evidence of a positive test to qualify for the leave.
Continue Reading USDOL Begins Enforcement of Employee FFCRA Rights

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) requires small and midsize businesses to provide paid sick leave to their employees through two of its provisions: (1) the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSLA); and (2) the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (Expanded FMLA). (For more information and model sick leave policies, please visit McLane Middleton’s Coronavirus Resource Center here).  Under FFRCA, employers subject to the EPSLA and Expanded FMLA paid leave requirements are entitled to fully refundable tax credits to cover the cost of the leave required to be paid to employees for those periods when they are unable to work.  Certain self-employed individuals in similar circumstances are entitled to similar credits.Continue Reading Documentation Employers Need to Receive Tax Credits for FFCRA Paid Leave Benefits