The federal government expanded Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) benefits to employees who are unable to work due to the COVID-19 crisis.
This applies to businesses with less than 500 employees. However, small businesses with fewer than 500 employees may qualify for an exemption if leave requirements would jeopardize your business.
Employees sick or quarantined due to COVID-19 can receive up to two weeks (80 hours) of paid leave at 100% of their salary. Employers will receive a payroll tax credit for that paid leave, up to $511 per day, for a total of 10 days.
Employees caregiving for someone impacted by COVID-19can receive up to two weeks (80 hours) of paid leave. Employers must pay the employee two-thirds of the employee’s regular pay. Employers will receive a payroll tax credit for two-thirds of the employee’s wages, up to $200 per day for a total of 10 days.
Employees who have worked for the employer for at least 30 days may also receive an additional 10 weeks of paid leave if they’re unable to work because their child’s school or child care provider is closed or unavailable.
Payroll tax credits can be claimed quarterly. Learn more about the expanded paid leave rules in the Department of Labor’s Fact Sheet for Employersor let the professionals at HealthGrowth Advisors help you navigate through these new rules and regulations and help you file your exemption request.