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The recent stimulus bill from Congress contained individual relief, as well as an extension of federal unemployment assistance benefits. The bill did not, however, contain an extension of the mandatory paid leave benefits provided under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).

The stimulus does contain an extension through the end of March, 2021 of the tax credits provided for under the FFCRA leave. As a result, FFCRA leave formally ended on December 31, 2020, but employers who voluntarily provide leave under the original provisions of the law may be able to qualify for tax credits through the end of March 2021.

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