Effective Date Set as April 1, 2020 for Families First Coronavirus Response Act

NOTICE – This article has not been updated to reflect new legislation passed by Congress on December 21, 2020.  That legislation could significantly affect the content of this article.  We plan to update this article during January 2021 to reflect the impact of the new legislation.

March 26, 2020

As outlined in our Special Alert issued on March 25, 2020, Congress recently passed and President Trump signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), requiring employers to provide certain sick pay and family medical leave benefits to eligible employees affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The FFCRA requires the federal government to cover the cost of the required benefits on an almost real-time basis via refundable payroll tax credits.

On Wednesday, March 25, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor issued additional guidance regarding FFCRA which clarified that the effective date of FFCRA is April 1, 2020. We have updated our website content to reflect this newly released guidance.

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