FAMILIES FIRST CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE ACT – SIGNED BY PRESIDENT ON MARCH 18, 2020 (EFFECTIVE APRIL 1, 2020)
On March 14, 2020 the United States House of Representatives passed sweeping legislation known as the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) to address the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak. The proposed legislation would, among other things, provide for an expansion of the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), as well as include provisions for employer-mandated paid sick leave. The bill (H.R. 6201) was subsequently passed by the Senate and then signed into law by President Trump on March 18 and takes effect 15 days post signing, on April 1.
CORONAVIRUS AID, RELIEF, AND ECONOMIC SECURITY ACT
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (HR 748), also known as the CARES Act, is a $2 trillion stimulus intended to protect individuals and businesses negatively impacted by the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak.
The US DOL issued a new online tool to help employees determine eligibility for paid sick leave due to Coronavirus.
- Guidance and Relief for Employee Benefit Plans Due to the COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) Outbreak
- U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR ISSUES NEW COBRA NOTICES FOR EMPLOYEE BENEFIT PLANS
COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave Posters:
Section 125 Cafeteria Plans
- Currently enrolled employees can switch coverage options, add family members, or drop coverage, if they certify in writing they are or will immediately enroll in other health coverage. The IRS provided a model attestation language employers can use for this purpose.
- Additional guidance was issued for Section 125 Cafeteria Plans – Modification of Permissive Carryover Rule for Health Flexible Spending Arrangements and Clarification Regarding Reimbursements of Premiums by Individual Coverage Health Reimbursement Arrangements