Q: Will the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and the CARES Act be extended past December 31, 2020?
A: At the time of this publication, it is not known if the FFCRA or CARES Act legislation will be extended past their expiration date on December 31, 2020. What we do know is that the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services renewed the Public Health Emergency declaration for COVID-19 into 2021. In addition, a recent study published in the Health Affairs Journal entitled COVID-19 Emergency Sick Leave Has Helped Flatten the Curve in the United States concluded that access to FFCRA correlated with fewer confirmed COVID-19 cases per day.
MRA will stay on top of it and inform members of any changes or proposed extensions. In the meantime, employers should prepare for how they will respond and manage time away from work when the benefits from these two acts end.