Most employers have questions about when to send employees exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms home, when to allow them back to work, and how to handle their return to work. Hospitals are no exception—and understanding when healthcare workers can and should return to work after a confirmed or suspected COVID-19 illness is key to flattening the curve on the virus’ spread.
In a guidance document issued on its website, the IRS 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.
On March 24, 2020, the Department of Labor (DOL) posted a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page for the new Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which contains both the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act and the Emergency Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Expansion Act. The FAQ introduced a new detail that we were all waiting on: the actual effective date for the Families First Act.
Updated on March 31, 2020, with the changes made to the CARES Act that became law on March 27, 2020.