The Department of Labor issued guidance for employers and employees regarding the new requirements for paid sick leave and paid family medical leave. See below for this important information.
Paid Sick and Family Medical Leave Eligibility
On March 18, 2020, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) passed in the Senate and was signed into law. Effective as of April 1, FFCRA requires certain employers (under 500 employees) to provide employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. The Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division administers and enforces the new law’s paid leave requirements. These provisions will apply from April 1 through December 31, 2020.
Paid Leave and Tax Credit for Small Businesses
To offset the costs of paid time off pursuant to the FFCRA, covered employers (under 500 employees) qualify for dollar-for-dollar reimbursement through tax credits for all qualifying wages. Qualifying wages are those paid to an employee who takes leave under the Act for a qualifying reason, up to the appropriate per diem and aggregate payment caps. Applicable tax credits also extend to amounts paid or incurred to maintain health insurance coverage. For more information, please see the Internal Revenue Service’s guidance and FAQs.
CDC, OSHA and EEOC
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE)
- Click HERE for CDPHE’s multi-industry construction guidance. (NOTE: As of May 5, the guidance no longer requires mandatory temperature checks of employees)
- Click HERE for a COVID-19 Employee Health Screening Form for Onsite Screening.
- Click HERE for CDPHE’s website demonstrating how to conduct a facility health screening.
Pinnacol has provided guidance for employers regarding short-term COVID-19 related wage replacement benefits.
Click HERE for the full document.