U.S. law now offers a tax offset for employers to provide sick leave to employees who must stay home. Employers can provide paid leave for staff who are sick or who need to care for family members. This is not limited to people who are affected by COVID-19.

Costs can be recouped through payroll tax credits from the federal government.

Employers can obtain these credits by:
  • Deducting them from the Social Security, Medicare and Federal income tax deposits made to the IRS as part of periodic payroll processing
  • If retained tax deposits are insufficient to cover the cost, employers will be able to file for an accelerated reimbursement from the IRS. (Note: this form will be linked here once available from the IRS.)