New legislation passed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic allows certain workers to receive paid sick leave even if their employer previously did not provide it. In March, the federal government enacted the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). This law assists employers that give their employees paid time off while suffering the effects of COVID-19.
Under this legislation, private employers with fewer than 500 employees are eligible for tax credits that offset the compensation given to workers who are absent because of the virus. The temporary rule is effective from April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020. Other elements of the law include:
If your job, or the job of someone you love, is adversely affected because of a documented or suspected COVID-19 illness, it is wise to consult with a knowledgeable employment law attorney who can explain the new sick leave law and help you understand your rights.
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