Families First Coronavirus Response Act “Phase II”

After a week of serious negotiations, the Senate passed legislation, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201), also known as Phase II or FFCRA. We are please to report that NECA was able to work with Members of Congress to address many of the concerns related to paid sick leave and paid family leave. National NECA’s Government Affairs team was able to secure key changes in the legislation to restrict the economic impact of the Coronavirus on many of our contractors. NECA is pleased to present a series of summaries and FAQs for our contractor members to utilize as they address many of the questions and concerns related to the paid sick leave, paid family leave and other provisions of the Act. NECA is continually working to provide the most timely and accurate information; however, the environment is fluid, and anything that we put out will be subject to change or adjustment and may be amplified or clarified through the question and answer process.

On March 23rd, the US Treasury Department, Internal Revenue Service and the US Department of Labor announced that small and midsize employers can begin taking advantage of two new refundable payroll tax credits, designed to immediately and fully reimburse them, dollar-for-dollar, for the cost of providing Coronavirus-related leave to their employees. This relief to employees and small businesses is provided under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. The act will help the United States combat and defeat COVID-19 by giving all American businesses with fewer than 500 employees funds to provide employees with paid leave, either for the employee’s own health needs or to care for family members. The legislation will enable employers to keep their workers on their payroll, while at the same time ensuring that workers are not forced to choose between their paychecks and the public health measures needed to combat the virus. Read more by clicking here.

On March 25th, the Department of Labor issued guidance and FAQs regarding the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

NorCal NECA has signed the following MOU’s explaining which fringe benefits are due when employees are on emergency paid sick leave or emergency family medical leave.