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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

COVID-19: The Impact on Small Businesses


COVID-19: The Impact on Small Businesses

03/27/20

Small businesses are struggling economically in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

FFCRA Notice and Non-discrimination Requirements


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The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) requires certain public employers and private employers with fewer than 500 employees to provide their employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19.
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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

FFCRA Tax Credits



Covered employers qualify for dollar-for-dollar reimbursement through tax credits for all
qualifying wages paid under the FFCRA. Qualifying wages are those paid to an employee
who takes leave under the Act for a qualifying reason, up to the appropriate per diem and
aggregate payment caps. Applicable tax credits also extend to amounts paid or incurred
to maintain health insurance coverage.


Under guidance expected to be released this week, eligible employers who pay qualifying
sick or child care leave will be able to retain an amount of the payroll taxes equal to
the amount of qualifying sick and child care leave that they paid, rather than deposit
them with the IRS. The payroll taxes available for employers to retain include withheld
federal income taxes, the employee share of Social Security and Medicare taxes, and the
employer share of Social Security and Medicare taxes with respect to all employees.
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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act



The Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSLA) applies to employees who are unable to
work (or telework) due to one of the following six circumstances:
1. The employee is subject to a Federal, State, or local quarantine or isolation
order related to COVID–19
2. The employee has been advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine
due to concerns related to COVID–19.
3. The employee is experiencing symptoms of COVID–19 and seeking a medical
diagnosis.
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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act



The Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (“ELMLEA”) broadens the
scope of the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (“FMLA”), making it applicable to
employers with fewer than 500 employees, including law firms, without the exclusions
found in FMLA for companies with fewer than 50 employees within a 75 mile radius.
Regulations are expected to be promulgated as soon as April, 2020, specifying that
certain provisions may not apply to certain employers with fewer than 50 employees
if the leave requirements would jeopardize the viability of the business as a going
concern. The bottom line: unless your firm qualifies for an exemption, it will likely be
subject to ELMLEA (even if it was never subject to FMLA).
Eligible employees (those who have been employed for at least 30 calendar days) can
apply for extended leave if, as a result of a public health emergency (i.e.
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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Families First Coronavirus Response Act

 

On March 18, 2020, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) was passed.
The Act has two important new laws for employees, intended to provide relief as
most people’s lives have been impacted in some way by COVID-19: (1) the Emergency
Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act; and (2) the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act.
FFCRA also offers tax credits and exemptions designed to protect the viability of
businesses during a time of economic stress.


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Sunday, March 22, 2020

Changes to PA List - Quick summary


The Life-Sustaining Business List has been updated twice in the last 3 days.  Here's quick list of changes:

  • Accounting and payroll – now permitted

  • Construction – emergency repairs permitted

  • Insurance carrier and agencies are now permitted – but no in person sales.

  • Dry-cleaning and Laundry - permitted

  • Household services – permitted.

  • Manufacturing – Glass and glass product, lime and gypsum, – now permitted

  • Aerospace products and parts – added exception - "Except defense industrial base manufacturing under CISA advisory is permitted"

  • Vehicle and parts wholesaler- permitted

  • Specialty food stores – permitted

  • Beer distributors -permitted

  • Clothing – exception added - "Except uniforms and accessories/supplies for public safety and health care professionals"

  • Misc. Store – exception added_ "Except pet supplies stores permitted"

  • Banks- exception added "This category includes consumer banks and credit unions using drive-through, ATM, and limited lobby services.
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Sunday, March 22, 2020

March 21 Upated Closure List

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Sunday, March 22, 2020

Responding to PA's Business Closure List


Governor Wolf has ordered all non-life-sustaining businesses in Pennsylvania to close their physical locations as of 8 p.m. March 19, to slow the spread of COVID-19.

 


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Friday, March 20, 2020

List of Non-essential Businesses


 

The categorical list of businesses closed by the Governor's Edict:

https://www.


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