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Unemployment


Virginia Employment Commission




Family First Act


Generally, the Act provides that employees of covered employers are eligible for:
  • Two weeks (up to 80 hours) of paid sick leave at the employee’s regular rate of pay where the employee is:
    • unable to work because the employee is quarantined (pursuant to Federal, State, or local government order or advice of a health care provider), and/or
    • experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and
    • seeking a medical diagnosis; or
  • Two weeks (up to 80 hours) of paid sick leave at two-thirds the employee’s regular rate of pay because:
    • the employee is unable to work because of a bona fide need to care for an individual subject to quarantine (pursuant to Federal, State, or local government order or advice of a health care provider), or
    • to care for a child (under 18 years of age) whose school or child care provider is closed or unavailable for reasons related to COVID-19, and/or
    • the employee is experiencing a substantially similar condition as specified by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, in consultation with the Secretaries of the Treasury and Labor; and
  • Up to an additional 10 weeks of paid expanded family and medical leave at two-thirds the employee’s regular rate of pay where an employee, who has been employed for at least 30 calendar days, is unable to work due to a bona fide need for leave to care for a child whose school or child care provider is closed or unavailable for reasons related to COVID-19.




Employer Tax Credits


Credit for eligible employers

  • Eligible employers are entitled to receive a credit in the full amount of the required sick leave and family leave, plus related health plan expenses and the employer’s share of Medicare tax on the leave, for the period of April 1, 2020, through December 31, 2020. The refundable credit is applied against certain employment taxes on wages paid to all employees.
Employee Retention Credit
  • Eligible employers can claim the employee retention credit, a refundable tax credit equal to 50 percent of up to $10,000 in qualified wages (including health plan expenses), paid after March 12, 2020 and before January 1, 2021. Eligible employers are:
    • those businesses with operations that have been partially or fully suspended due to governmental orders due to COVID-19, or
    • businesses that have a significant decline in gross receipts compared to 2019.
  • The refundable credit is capped at $5,000 per employee and applies against certain employment taxes on wages paid to all employees.
    • Eligible employers can reduce federal employment tax deposits in anticipation of the credit.
    • They can also request an advance of the employee retention credit f or any amounts not covered by the reduction in deposits.





 

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