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COVID-19 Paid Leave Discussion & Bulletin

    This space is designated for CCHRA members to ask questions and/or provide answers in regard to paid leave options. Our intention for this space is to assist employees who may be unable to work due to impacts of the Coronavirus pandemic. This includes employees who are unable to work due to having to provide primary care for a diagnosed family member, having to care for school-aged children who are now home from school, or perhaps they are diagnosed themselves.  We invite any members who are either seeking or are able to provide information on any area employers establishing special paid leave banks.

    Member Comments

    Hi CCHRA, 

    I hope everyone is healthy and safe with their families! 

    We have created extensive resources to support employers with changes in paid leave and fmla. If you have any specific questions, please feel free to contact me directly: Ryan.pirrone@aleragroup.com 

    Families First Coronavirus Response Act

    ·    Paid Sick Leave for Workers
    For COVID-19 related reasons, employees receive up to 80 hours of paid sick leave and expanded paid child care leave when employees’ children’s schools are closed or child care providers are unavailable.
    ·    Complete Coverage
    Employers receive 100% reimbursement for paid leave pursuant to the Act.
    o    Health insurance costs are also included in the credit.
    o    Employers face no payroll tax liability.
    o    Self-employed individuals receive an equivalent credit.
    ·    Fast Funds
    Reimbursement will be quick and easy to obtain.
    o    An immediate dollar-for-dollar tax offset against payroll taxes will be provided
    o    Where a refund is owed, the IRS will send the refund as quickly as possible.
    ·    

    Small Business Protection:

    Employers with fewer than 50 employees are eligible for an exemption from the requirements to provide leave to care for a child whose school is closed, or child care is unavailable in cases where the viability of the business is threatened. 

    To take immediate advantage of the paid leave credits, businesses can retain and access funds that they would otherwise pay to the IRS in payroll taxes. If those amounts are not sufficient to cover the cost of paid leave, employers can seek an expedited advance from the IRS by submitting a streamlined claim form that will be released next week. 

    The Alera Group team is happy to support anyone in need during these tough times.

    Please reach out for anything!

    Ryan Pirrone - Ryan.pirrone@aleragroup.com 

    https://aleragroup.com/coronavirus/ 

    Hello,

    I think I know the answer to this based on the (telework) verbiage, but asking anyway... are employees that are allowed to work from home still eligible for paid sick leave because of the closure a child's school?

    About 99.9999% sure they are, but would like to hear from others.

    Thank you,

    Seth

     

     

    Hi Seth,

    From our compliance team:

    While a child’s school closure is one of the qualifying reasons for paid sick leave (and emergency FMLA), in order to qualify the employee needs to be unable to work – either onsite or remotely.  So an employee who is home caring for a child but who has the ability to work from home would not qualify.

    Let me know if you'd like to discuss further: ryan.pirrone@aleragroup.com

    All the best,

    Ryan Pirrone

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