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American Rescue Plan Makes Changes to FFCRA Employee Leave

FFCRA employee leave

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The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) made some changes to emergency sick leave and paid family leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The tax credits were extended through September 30, 2021 by the ARPA for those employers who provide FFCRA leave voluntarily and made tax credit eligibility changes for both types of FFCRA leave.

Voluntary Emergency Paid Sick Leave

The FFCRA employer tax credits apply to 80 new hours of paid sick leave per employee (starting April 1, 2021). The credit also applies to 12 weeks of paid family leave and to leave for new reasons.


Voluntary Paid Family Leave

The FFCRA family leave tax credit has been expanded by the ARPA to apply to family leave taken for:

  • Reasons related to COVID-19 vaccination and testing
  • FFCRA emergency paid sick leave reasons

The ARPA eliminates the requirement that the first two weeks of family leave be unpaid. It also increases the family leave wages eligible for the tax credit from $10,000 to $12,000 per employee.

Employers who provide FFCA leave to their employees may want to become familiar with the ARPA changes to ensure eligibility for the tax credits provided by the law.

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This blog is intended to be a compilation of information and resources pulled from federal, state, and local agencies. This is not intended to be legal advice. For up to the minute information and guidance on COVID-19, please follow the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and your local health organizations.

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Steve Smith

Steve Smith

Steve Smith, Employee Benefits Consultant for National Insurance Services, has his energy level permanently set at “high.” His maxim is “work hard, play hard.” Steve’s an expert in getting groups of people working together for a higher cause. Minnesota schools, cities, and counties rely on Steve’s unique and creative ideas of engaging employees in their own health and wellness to lower utilization trends. He has 20+ years in the health insurance field doing compliance, cost mitigation, utilization, analytics, wellness plans, and strategic planning. Steve is a licensed insurance agent and holds the designations for Managed Healthcare Professional (The Health Insurance Association of America), Certified Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Professional (National Association of Health Underwriters), and Group Benefits Disability Specialist (Hartford School of Insurance). He specializes in Employee Benefits Consulting for Minnesota schools, cities, and counties including fully insured, self-insured, and stop-loss plans.