January 18, 2021
FFCRA Leave Alert
Posted by Shannon Oswald
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) legislated mandatory paid leaves for employees.
Essentially, while employers were required to pay for leave when an employee was unable to work due to Covid-19 specific causes, they could get a credit for the paid wages. Those credits applied to wages paid and leave taken between April 1st and December 31st, 2020. Qualified and paid absences were for:
- An employee’s personal quarantine or illness
- To care for a sick or quarantined family member
- To care for a minor during school closure
While those leaves are no longer mandatory, employers who choose to extend this program to March 31st may do so and still receive the tax credit provided it hasn’t maximized for that staff member in a prior period.
Our HR Outsourcing team recommends that employers consider extending this leave to encourage staff to stay home when ill; to visibly promote safe workplaces. In many cases, it will not be cost-prohibitive to offer this leave for up to 80 hours.
Shannon Oswald works in the HR Solutions Group at Armanino LLP. She holds a Master’s Degree in Human Resources Management and a Senior HR Professional (SPHR) certification. She has a broad background in HR consulting, having worked in many different industries, including tech companies and start-ups. She spends her free time thinking about work and writing posts for Armanino newsletters.
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Jenn has more than 25 years of outsourced accounting and finance experience, with a particular expertise in startups and the advertising and creative production industries. She is passionate about seeing companies utilize the latest accounting technology to maximize their efficiency, productivity, and ultimately, success.
Before joining Armanino, Jenn founded and led Team Jenn Corp., a firm dedicated to the strategic financial management of startups and small businesses, offering a comprehensive back office solution with accounting, finance and HR solutions. Previous roles include stints at advertising giant Ogilvy and Mather, and in the cash management industry.
Jenn has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Pepperdine University and is a member of several professional associations including the National Society of Accountants, ProVisors and the Women’s Business Enterprise Network.