The mandatory Emergency Paid Sick Leave and the Emergency Family Medical Leave expired on December 31st. However, employers can continue to voluntarily offer Paid Sick and Family Medical Leave and still receive the payroll tax credit through March 31st. Additional time was not granted so the tax credit applies only to time not taken under the original 80 hours of Emergency Paid Sick Leave. With the continuing increase in COVID-19 cases, employers may want to voluntarily continue to offer the Emergency Paid Sick and Family Medical Leave. Just remember to maintain appropriate documentation so that the tax credit is received.
*Note: Under the American Rescue Plan, additional employee time off due to COVID-19 is under consideration.