American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021 - Extension of FFCRA

The Families First Coronavirus Relief Act (FFCRA) mandated that employers provide employees with paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave requirements through December 31, 2020. The FFRCA allowed qualifying employees leave without loss of pay, annual leave or sick leave. When the FFRCA expired, the President signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 on December 27, 2020 that allowed the extension of such leave but did not legally require it. Therefore, we extended the paid leave through March 31, 2021.

The President signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 202l (ARPA) through which paid sick leave benefits were changed to allow up to 80 hours of special leave for COVID-related activities set forth in the original Families First Coronavirus Relief Act. This extension would be through September 30, 2021. See

FFCRA Employees Right PosterAmerican Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021 - Extension of FFCRA Eligibility Tool and Resources

  • FFCRA Eligibility Tool - a self-service tool that allows workers to determine their eligibility for FFCRA benefits.
  • Wage and Hour Division Resources - provides a wide array of compliance assistance materials for employers and employees alike, including fact sheets, recorded webinars, frequently asked questions (FAQs), and more.

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