Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (EFMLEA):
- Employees are allowed to take up to 12 weeks of leave if they are unable to work/telework due to illness or school closing.
- Employee’s leave may be unpaid for first 10 days.
- Employer must pay employee beginning day 11 of leave (up to maximum of $200/day or $10,000 in aggregate)
- For more information https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/fmla/pandemic
Employers will be allowed a payroll tax credit on wages paid (subject to limits) pursuant to the FMLA Expansion or Paid Sick Leave provisions.
The law allows Secretary of Labor to exempt a small business (under 50 employees) from these expanded requirements if this would jeopardize the company’s ability to continue as a viable business.