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New Q&As Issued Regarding FFCRA Leave Requirements


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The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) contained an employee leave mandate which expired on December 31, 2020. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has included two additional Q&As regarding leave entitlements before or after this date.

Q&A 104 explains that employers are not required to provide employees with FFCRA leave after the expiration date even if an employee did not use up all their available 2020 leave. The employer’s obligation to provide leave was only applicable from April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020. An extension to FFCRA leave would require an amendment from Congress.

For 2021, employers may choose to voluntary provide leave. If they elect to do so, they can receive tax credits for any leave provided until March 31, 2021.

Q&A 105 states that employees must be compensated for FFCRA leave taken before December 31, 2020. If employees are not compensated, they can file a complaint with the DOL’s Wage and Hour Division. Employees are also eligible to a private right of action for alleged violations.

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Ken Zastrow

Ken Zastrow

Ken Zastrow enjoys establishing a strong rapport with his clients. He believes that education is key in helping them understand their benefit plans. Ken has a strong background in both active and post-employment benefit strategies. As Employee Benefits Consultant at National Insurance Services, Ken is responsible for the overall assessment and management of all an employer’s benefit plans including claim reconciliation, policy changes, renewals, and medical and dental analytics. He is also well versed in compliance, benefit integration, and early retiree benefits. Ken is a licensed health and life insurance agent, working with schools, cities, and counties in the Midwest Region.