IRS promises full, immediate reimbursement for coronavirus leave

HR Dive | March 25, 2020

Employers subject to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) will be eligible for two new refundable payroll tax credits that will "immediately and fully reimburse them" for complying with its paid leave mandate, the IRS and U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced March 20. The credits are designed to grant 100% reimbursement for paid leave pursuant to the FFCRA, DOL said. Health insurance costs are included in the credit. Employers face no tax liability and self-employed individuals will receive an equivalent credit. For the law's emergency Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave, the credit is equal to two-thirds of the employee's regular pay, capped at $200 per day or $10,000 in the aggregate. Up to 10 weeks of qualifying leave can be counted towards the credit. The credit available for FFCRA's paid sick time differs depending on how an employee uses the time. If the employee is unable to work because of a quarantine or self-quarantine or has COVID-19 symptoms and is seeking a medical diagnosis, employers may receive a refundable sick leave credit for sick leave at the employee's regular rate of pay, up to $511 per day and $5,110 in the aggregate, for a total of 10 days. If the employee is caring for someone with COVID-19, or is caring for a child because the child's school or child care facility is closed or otherwise unavailable due to COVID-19, employers may claim a credit for two-thirds of the employee's regular rate of pay, up to $200 per day and $2,000 in the aggregate, for up to 10 days.

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As the competition for top talent intensifies, organizations are seeking new ways to attract and retain employees. From competitive signing bonuses to flexible schedules and pre-paid vacation, the perks designed to increase satisfaction on the job are more diverse than ever. This growing list of benefits may seem superfluous to some, but attempting to improve employee happiness is a strategic business decision…


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RECRUITMENT & RETENTION

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EY | February 07, 2022

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PAYROLL

Greenshades Software Announces Strategic Alliance with Lathem Time

Greenshades Software | May 02, 2022

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WORKFORCE MANAGEMENT

LiveHire and Viventis Announce Strategic Alliance to Deliver solutions for Total Talent Acquisition, Contingent Workforce and Direct Sourcing

LiveHire | May 18, 2022

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HR STRATEGY

Industry Leading HR and Payroll Company ADP Works with LightHouse to Enhance Accessibility of Products to Blind Users

LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired of San Francisco | December 18, 2021

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As the competition for top talent intensifies, organizations are seeking new ways to attract and retain employees. From competitive signing bonuses to flexible schedules and pre-paid vacation, the perks designed to increase satisfaction on the job are more diverse than ever. This growing list of benefits may seem superfluous to some, but attempting to improve employee happiness is a strategic business decision…

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