Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, on March 18th, 2020, President Trump passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, H.R. 6201 (Act). This Act:
Provides paid sick leave and free COVID-19 testing.
Expands food assistance and unemployment benefits.
Requires employers to provide additional protections for healthcare workers.
In addition, the Act mandates that all Government entities and employers with less than 500 workers:
Provide 80 hours of paid sick leave to all covered employees.
Provide up to 10 weeks of paid family leave for employees (who have worked for the company for at least one month) affected by COVID-19.
Concerning taxes, this act also included a series of tax credits to employers and self-employed individuals to help cover lost income due to the COVID-19 outbreak. For more information, please visit https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus.
NEBRASKA UNEMPLOYMENT UPDATES
Governor Ricketts issued an executive order for an emergency unemployment insurance benefit relief related to the coronavirus (COVID-19).
High level overview:
Changes will start March 22nd.
The state of Nebraska will suspend the one-week waiting period required to receive unemployment benefits.
The state of Nebraska will waive the requirement that the claimant is actively looking for work.
The state of Nebraska will not “charge” the employer’s unemployment account for the unemployment benefits paid.
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