As a third-party Human Resources solution, we are committed to sharing information with you regarding the national Covid-19 crisis. As you know, things have been rapidly changing and will continue to do so. In an effort to avoid providing information that may be outdated as quickly as we send it, gente made a very conscious decision to hold off on communicating with each of you via email regarding the federal/state regulations as related to it.
While each member of our team continues to be committed to speaking to you directly regarding your questions and concerns, we’d like to provide you with website links that contain the most up-to-date information regarding the Coronavirus Relief Law, Small to Mid-Sized Business Tax Credit Information, considerations pertaining to the Department of Labor (DOL) as well as required federal postings that must be posted in each of your facilities.
We also would like to remind each of you to visit the your state’s websites for additional information as the requirements may vary from the Federal government.
As always, the gente team is available to answer any questions and encourages you to contact us directly with any questions. In the mean time, please see the below information for additional information. We also encourage our clients to visit www.gente.solutions for information regarding these regulations.
Payroll Tax Credits
As noted in the attached link, “the U.S. Treasury Department, Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and the U.S. Department of Labor (Labor) announced that small and midsize employers can begin taking advantage of two new refundable payroll tax credits, designed to immediately and fully reimburse them, dollar-for-dollar, for the cost of providing Coronavirus-related leave to their employees. This relief to employees and small and midsize businesses is provided under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (Act), signed by President Trump on March 18, 2020.”
Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)
The Department of Labor (DOL) announced that the effective date of the leaves available through the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) will be April 1, 2020.
For additional information, please click into the below link. This website contains responses to frequently asked questions as well general best business practices for employers as well as eligibility requirements for employees who feel they may qualify for benefits under this act.
Additionally, The DOL announced the effective date in a “Questions and Answers” document where it also provided answers to some common questions. Other than the April 1st effective date, the information is in line with what we have been advising. The DOL also released two Fact Sheets, both of which appear to contain the same information, but it’s possible they will each be updated in the future with information that is geared more toward employees or employers.
The federal government is requiring that employers place posters regarding the CoronaVirus in their facilities. The posters can be found in the attached link. For those of you who have allowed your workforce to work from home, gente suggests that you send a copy of the posters to your group so they can access them until the return back to work
- Employee Rights: Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family and Medical Leave under The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)
- Federal Employee Rights: Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family and Medical Leave under The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)
- Families First Coronavirus Response Act Notice – Frequently Asked Questions