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March 23, 2021

How Does the American Rescue Plan Change FFCRA Paid Leave Options, and Should Employers Pass on This Benefit to Their Employees?

Co-Author, Polsinelli At Work Blog

Employer obligations to provide paid sick and family leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) ended on December 31, 2020. On December 27, 2020, President Trump signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (CAA), extending the payroll tax credits available to employers who voluntarily decided to continue to provide FFCRA-type leave through March 31, 2021. Last week, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (Rescue Plan). Among other things, the Rescue Plan extends the availability of the payroll tax credits to employers through September 30, 2021. Additionally, for those employers who opt to continue to provide FFCRA-type leave, the Rescue Plan makes several significant changes to how the FFCRA is to be implemented with regard to both Paid Sick Leave (two weeks/up to 80 hours of paid leave) and Emergency Family and Medical Leave (originally up to 10 weeks of paid Family and Medical Leave).