Sick Leave for COVID Questions

Answers for Small Business Employers

Businesses and employees are trying to understand the implications of the new stimulus legislation passed to help both companies and people thrive. One set of benefits you might not be aware of yet is the sick and Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave coverage that is included in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

This law provides paid sick leave and paid FMLA leave to employees impacted by COVID-19, and employer tax credits to cover the costs of the paid leave.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How does the law benefit employers?

The law allows employers to use tax credits to offset the costs of paid leave.

Who gets coverage from this benefit?

Small businesses with fewer than 500 employees

Is anyone exempt from providing benefits to their employees?

With a special exemption from the Department of Labor, small businesses with fewer than 50 employees could be exempt if the benefit requirements would harm the busi- ness and keep it from running.

How does the law benefit employees of small businesses?

These benefits apply to employees of companies under 500 people or to some public agencies. For the first 80 hours or two weeks off, there is coverage for pay at two different levels, depending on the employee’s situation.

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