ACTION ALERT: HCAOA urges all members to send a message to their lawmakers in Washington, D.C. asking them to advocate for an extension of the employer tax credit which helps cover costs related to COVID-19 sick leave for employees. Currently, home care providers and other employers may receive tax credits for up to 12 weeks of paid family leave provided to employees who are unable to work due to COVID-related issues as listed under the several reasons listed in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). These issues can include taking care of the employee's own health needs or caring for family members.
This past July, the U.S. Treasury Department amended the tax credit to be allowed for reimbursement of lost wages for employees that took time off to get vaccinated and recover from any potential side effects. This important tax credit expires on September 30, 2021. Small businesses rely on this tax credit to continue operations while employees are in quarantine, in recovery, obtaining vaccinations, or recovering from the side effects. Small health care providers like home care agencies rely on it as well to meet the requirements of the OSHA ETS.
At a time when the nation is urging the unvaccinated to get vaccinated and the delta variant continues to spread unabated, HCAOA is asking Congress to temporarily extend the tax credit provisions as part of the effort to incentivize vaccination and sustain small healthcare providers on the frontline of the pandemic until the OSHA ETS expires.
Click here to contact your legislator to urge them to advocate for an extension of the employer tax credit which helps cover costs related to COVID-19 sick leave for employees.