Chart: Understanding the Family First (FFCR) Act’s Primary Benefits

Originally published by: Clark Schaefer HackettMarch 25, 2020

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On March 18, President Trump signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act – HR 6201 (FFCRA). It provides affected individuals with paid sick and emergency leave and creates tax credits for affected employers. It also expands food and nutrition services, allows for emergency state unemployment insurance grants, and increases Medicaid funding to states in addition to other measures. The FFCRA becomes effective on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 which relieves many administrative burdens for the calculation of the tax credit as no eligible leave will be completed during Q1 2020. Employers will be able to make their first claims of the tax credit on its Q2 941 filing due July 21, 2020 for the second quarter of 2020 (4/1/20-6/30/20).

Under FFCRA, there are two benefits available for both employers (500 employees or fewer) and employees. Summary chart below: