Federal Programs in Force
Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) Tax Credits
The Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2019 extends this credit until December 31, 2020. Internal Revenue Code Section 45S provides a tax credit for employers who provide paid family and medical leave to their employees. Eligible employers may claim the credit, which is equal to a percentage of wages they pay to qualifying employees while they’re on family and medical leave. The credit generally is effective for wages paid in taxable years of the employer beginning after December 31, 2017. For more information, see Notice 2018-71 (PDF).
Federal Employee Paid Leave Act (FEPLA)
Paid family leave for child bonding was included as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2020. FEPLA provides up to 12 weeks of paid parental leave in connection with the birth, adoption, or foster care placement of a child for employees covered by the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provisions applicable to certain federal civilian employees. Benefits started October 1, 2020, and applies to leave taken in connection with a birth or placement of a new child. For more information regarding the Federal employees Paid Parental Leave for Federal Employees see Bulletin #249. FY21.
Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides certain employees with up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave per year and allows for the extension of their group health benefits to be maintained during the leave.
FMLA applies to all public agencies, all public and private elementary and secondary schools, and companies with 50 or more employees. These employers must provide an eligible employee with up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave each year for any of the following reasons:
- For the birth and care of the newborn child of an employee;
- For placement with the employee of a child for adoption or foster care;
- To care for an immediate family member (spouse, child, or parent) with a serious health condition; or
- To take medical leave when the employee is unable to work because of a serious health condition.
Employees are eligible for leave if they have worked for their employer for at least 12 months, at least 1,250 hours over the past 12 months, and work at a location where the company employs 50 or more employees within 75 miles. Whether an employee has worked the minimum 1,250 hours of service is determined according to Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) principles for determining compensable hours or work.