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Coronavirus (COVID-19)/FFCRA

  • The American Rescue Plan Act- Financial Relief for Employers and Employees

    The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 was signed into law on March 11, 2021, offering much needed financial relief to employers and employees alike.  This $1.9 Trillion bill is intended to address the financial impact of COVID-19 by offering unemployment benefits, expanding tax credits, and addressing some outstanding tax questions from relief bills passed... Read more »
  • US Department of Labor Updates FFCRA FAQs

    Each week brings more clarity around implementation of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).  This bill offered mandatory paid leave for employees, tax credits to reimburse employers for  the cost of this leave, and funding to support the unemployment insurance system.  Recently the US Department of Labor issued additional answers to frequently asked questions,… Read more »

  • Can I require my Household Employees to Get the Covid-19 Vaccine?

    Many household employers want to know one thing: Can I require my employee(s) to receive the vaccine as soon as it is widely available? The short answer is, yes, but with some caveats. An employer may have a policy requiring employees to receive the Covid-19 vaccine, provided that such a policy includes an exemption on… Read more »

  • VIDEO: Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) Summary for Household Employment

     In this video, our President, Jay Schulze, unpacks the newly passed FFCRA as it relates to household employers. If you employ a nanny, senior caregiver, or other household employee, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) requires you to provide your employees who qualify with expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related… Read more »

  • VIDEO: Updates on Tax Credits for COVID-19 Financial Relief

    HWS President Jay Schulze discusses how employers can obtain a tax credit for paid leave provided to employees under the Families First Coronavirs Response Act (FFCRA) and other tax breaks currently under consideration on Capitol Hill.
  • Family Resource: FAQs related to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)

    Family FAQs related to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)   Q: What Paid Sick Leave is required by FFCRA? A: FFCRA creates an emergency paid leave provision for the following reasons specifically related to the COVID-19 outbreak: An employer is REQUIRED to provide up to two weeks (80 hours maximum) of paid sick... Read more »
  • Temporary Regulations to Implement the FFCRA for Employers

    The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has published temporary regulations implementing the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). Details matter – make sure you properly document your employee’s leave eligibility! HWS created an easy-to-fill-out form for your employees to use when requesting their leave, which can be found here: Emergency Paid Leave Request Form.

  • Unemployment Claims in the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Household employers and employees are searching for financial solutions to the current economic crises facing our economy.  As we better understand the programs and benefits provided by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES), families and caregivers increasingly turn to unemployment benefits to provide some… Read more »

  • Employee Resource: FAQs related to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)

    Employee FAQs related to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) Q: Why should a family keep their nanny employed right now? A: Helping your employees in hard and uncertain times like this is the right thing to do.  However, many household employers are facing uncertain job situations and layoffs on their own, so it… Read more »

  • Payroll Protection Program: Household Employers EXCLUDED

      HomeWork Solutions has received many calls about the CARES Act stimulus bill and the Payroll Protection Program offering forgivable loans to employers who retain their employees.   Unfortunately, the US Small Business Association (SBA) has just issued final terms of the program. Notably, household employers are excluded from Payroll Protection Program eligibility.  The document notes… Read more »