As we all eagerly anticipate the end of 2020, the end of the year also means the expiration of the mandated leaves under the FFCRA on December 31, 2020. Indeed, as of the evening of December 21, 2020, Congress has voted to hold firm on the FFCRA expiration time table, and President Trump has signed the bill. Yes, it's expiring.
Despite the fact that the FFCRA is "going away," at the end of the year, Congress's Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, incentivizes employers to continue to provide the types of paid leave (Emergency Paid Sick Leave (EPSL) and Emergency Family Medical Leave Expansion Act (EFMLEA) leave) available under the FFCRA. This means that, as of January 1, 2021, private employers may voluntarily provide EPSL or EFMLEA leave and take the tax credit associated with these leaves. According to the bill, the tax credit may only be taken for leave through March 31, 2021.
Jordan Payne Hay is an attorney with the firm of Skelton Taintor & Abbott in Auburn, Maine, concentrating her practice in: Employment Law, Civil Rights, Human Resources Support, Intellectual Property, and Litigation, Disputes & Appeals. Jordan represents individual clients and businesses in commercial disputes, employment and labor law issues, as well as litigation, arbitration, and regulatory proceedings. She has handled claims in both state and federal court, and before the Maine Human Rights Commission, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and other state and federal agencies and tribunals. Jordan was selected for inclusion in 2019 and 2020 New England Rising Stars© in the category of Employment and Labor Law.
Amy Dieterich is a shareholder with the firm of Skelton Taintor & Abbott in Auburn. Amy represents individual clients and businesses in commercial disputes, family matters, employment and labor law issues, as well as litigation, arbitration, and regulatory proceedings. Amy was selected for inclusion in 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020 New England Rising Stars© in the category of Business Litigation. In her spare time, Amy serves on the City of Auburn’s Board of Assessment Review, is a Trustee of ACADIA Academy in Lewiston and is a coach for the Lewiston High School Mock Trial Team.