On the federal level, Families First Coronavirus Response Act was enacted to address mandated sick leave and mandated paid leave for those infected with or directly affected by COVID-19. The Act will take effect on April 2 and will remain in place until the end of 2020.
To offset wages paid under this law, employers will receive a tax credit, reducing their payroll tax cost. The Act does not prohibit employers from paying benefits in excess of these required amounts (see summaries below); it just mandates these minimum amounts of sick and paid leave to employees in certain circumstances.
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