Paid Sick Leave and FMLA Leave No Longer Mandatory

Legislation | January 04, 2021 | by Marsha R. Greenfield

Effective January 1, 2021, federal law no longer requires an employer to provide paid sick leave and/or FMLA to employees affected by COVID-19.  The Consolidated Appropriations Act signed into law on December 27, 2020, makes the leave provisions voluntary through March 31, 2021.  LeadingAge has updated its FAQs to reflect this change. 

The mandate to provide paid sick leave and FMLA leave for employees that met the requirements set out in FFCRA and updated in September 2020 ended December 31, 2020. HOWEVER, the Consolidated Appropriations Act (HR 133), signed into law on December 27, 2020, extended the paid leave provisions to March 31, 2021 but the extension is voluntary. Click on our FAQ document to learn the latest, and refresh your memory about the paid provisions and how the employer is compensated through payroll tax reductions.