- The extension of this paid leave program (FFCRA) is now voluntary on the part of the employer.
- The paid leave now covers a maximum of 12 weeks instead of 10.
- The eligibility rules have been expanded to cover 3 additional reasons for the leave, but still related to Covid-19.
- FFCRA tax credits are not available to companies who discriminate in favor of more highly paid employees, full-time employees, or employees with tenure.
Starting April 1, 2021, the new “American Rescue Plan Act”(ARPA) extends the paid leave provisions of the “Families First Coronavirus Response Act” (FFCRA) through September30, 2021. The basic FFRCA legislation, for last year and 202, law provides employers with payments for lost employee time work due to Covid-19 issues Details With the new law there are four basic changes to eligibility rules. Two of these are expansions of eligibility (#2 & 3 below)and a fourth is a “contraction” but for good reason. (see #4 below). The four changes are as follows: