Special Updates

We often see little pieces of information that may affect you. This is just a quick summary of some of those items.

FFCRA Back to School Options

It’s possible the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) has more frequently asked questions (FAQs) and answers than anything we’ve seen in years. As always, the emergency Family Medical Leave (FMLA) component is available to employees who are unable to work or telework because of childcare issues. Now that schools have reopened in one format or another, more explanations were in order. The newest additions are FAQ #98, 99, and 100. Some schools now or in the upcoming months will offer in-person classes. The FFCRA monies will only be available if the school is not offering in-person classes, forcing the employee to stay home with their child due to remote learning. However, keep in mind the original qualification…the employee also cannot be able to work OR telework due to childcare issues.

FFCRA Revisions

Based on a court decision in New York, a few things have changed with how the FFCRA is generally applied by companies.

  • If someone is still officially your employee, they may be eligible for FFCRA monies even if they aren’t currently working (e.g., furloughed, sitting, or on a leave).
  • The employer can no longer deny FFCRA intermittent leave if the employee otherwise qualifies.
  • The employer may not require the receipt of documentation prior to starting to pay out FFCRA monies.
  • “Healthcare provider” now has a narrower definition so it doesn’t include non-healthcare employees, such as office employees.

Social Security Deferral

In August, President Trump signed an executive order that would allow employees who make less than $2,000 per week postpone paying their social security taxes for a few months. Immediately thereafter, the questions began. Based on the latest information from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), it doesn’t appear that employers will be required to offer this deferral…and it seems most small employers won’t. Aside from the payroll questions arising on how to defer that social security tax, you may have another problem. If the employee leaves your company before paying back their withheld tax, you may be stuck trying to get the ex-employee to pay you back. Yes, it seems you must pay the IRS and then get reimbursed by employees.

Compensation Increased

The Bureau of Labor Statistics shows total compensation rose an average of 2.7% over a year (2.9% in salaries and 2.2% in benefits). Total compensation is a combination of all monies spent on employees for wages and all benefits.

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