Question: I have an employee that has caught COVID again. They already took leave last year, and I’m wondering if they can take leave again now. Can they?
Answer: The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) signed by President Biden became law on March 11 and did extend the voluntary leave provisions of the FFCRA from 2020.
The IRS has announced further details of tax credits available under the American Rescue Plan to help small businesses, including providing paid leave for employees receiving or recovering from COVID-19 vaccinations.
Concerned that some payments will be intercepted to cover such things as unpaid overdraft fees, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau encouraged financial institutions (including credit unions) and debt collectors to allow the payments to reach consumers in a March 17, 2021, statement.
In remarks delivered recently during a virtual AML conference, FinCEN Director Kenneth Blanco encouraged attendees to read FinCEN's advisories related to COVID-10 medical fraud, imposter scams, and cyber-related crime. He said that the most common trend FinCEN is seeing in COVID-19 related SARs involves fraudsters targeting multiple COVID-19 related government stimulus programs, employing money mules and cyber techniques.