For Employers Chamber News July 1, 2020 Summary of Important Information: Unemployment Compensation Information for Employers:Employers are encouraged to work with their employees who are unable to work due to COVD-19 to exhaust any paid leave that is available. Employees without access to paid leave or who have exhausted their paid leave may be eligible for unemployment compensation (UC).Your UC tax rate will not increase if you are a contributory business who temporarily closed due to COVID-19. You will be granted a Relief from Charges.Are you self-employed, an independent contractor, or a gig worker? Details about your unemployment options are now available. File your claim here.UC FAQs for employersPaid Leave Information:The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) requires certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. Effective through December 31, 2020.Paid Sick Leave and Expanded FMLA Policy:Generally, employers must provide all employees up to 2 weeks of paid sick leave paid at either the employee’s full rate or 2/3 rate of pay if the employee is impacted by certain circumstances related to COVID-19.Covered employers qualify for dollar-for-dollar reimbursement through tax credits for all qualifying wages paid under the FFCRA.U.S. Chamber of Commerce Employer Guide to Paid Leave ProgramsEmployers are required to notify all employees of their rights under FFCRA. Below are posters from the U.S. DOL that can be used to meet these requirements.Non-FederalFederalFAQs for employers regarding FFCRAPA Rapid Response Services:If you are a business that has had to close either temporarily, consider layoffs, or is financially at-risk for permanent closure the Rapid Response Assistance Program is available to assist you with a variety of services and resources to help you and your employees. You can reach the Rapid Response team via email at RA-LI-BWPO-Rapid@pa.gov Rapid Response Services flierEmployee Retention Tax Credit:The Employee Retention Credit is a refundable tax credit against certain employment taxes equal to 50 percent of the qualified wages an eligible employer pays to employees after March 12, 2020, and before January 1, 2021. Eligible employers can get immediate access to the credit by reducing employment tax deposits they are otherwise required to make. Also, if the employer’s employment tax deposits are not sufficient to cover the credit, the employer may get an advance payment from the IRSMore information regarding the Employee Retention Tax Credit can be found here.