COVID-19 Updates

Latest Updates

Updated June 5, 2:00 PM EST

Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act

The Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 was signed into law on Friday, June 5, 2020. This act changes several parts of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

One of the key changes this law makes regards loan forgiveness. It extends the covered period from 8-weeks to 24-weeks after the loan is disbursed or December 31, 2020.

 

PPP Loans and Your Payroll

ECCA Payroll+ developed a report to provide you with the payroll information needed to complete the PPP Loan Forgiveness Application. The report is currently being tested and is scheduled to be released to our clients next week (the week of 6/8).

Pennsylvania Re-opening

As part of Governor Tom Wolf's plan to re-open Pennsylvania, Erie County has moved to the "yellow phase," with some restrictions loosened and additional businesses permitted to open.

As an essential business, ECCA Payroll+ has remained open throughout the pandemic. With Erie County entering a new phase, ECCA Payroll+ will continue to have a majority of the staff working remotely with only essential employees on hand to process payrolls.

ECCA Payroll+ will continue to monitor the situation while remaining committed to making the best decisions on behalf of our staff and our clients.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) is an economic stimulus package that provides additional protections to individuals and businesses impacted by the pandemic.

You can read a breakdown of all the provisions contained within the CARES Act from the Senate Small Business Committee.

In addition, you can find other important information for employers regarding COVID-19 from the Manufacturer & Business Association.

Your Payroll and the CARES Act

For our customers, ECCA Payroll+ is uploading a report with the data that you and/or your financial advisors will need to begin taking advantage of the provisions within the CARES Act. This report will appear in the document center in ReadyPAY Online.

Additional information regarding this report will be emailed to our clients.

If you need help accessing this data, please do not hesitate to contact our customer support team.

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) requires certain employers to provide employees with expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19.

The FFCRA’s paid leave provisions are effective on April 1, 2020, and apply to leave taken between April 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020.

Employers are required to post a notice that details the FFCRA requirements. The Department of Labor has issued a sample poster.

Your Payroll and FFCRA Reimbursements

As a part of the FFCRA, employers qualify for a dollar-for-dollar reimbursement through tax credits for all qualifying wages paid under the FFCRA.

The ECCA Payroll+ platform will be updated as soon as the IRS issues official guidance regarding these tax credits. In the meantime, three new earning codes and one memo earning code will be added to your company setup.

Please contact us if you have any questions regarding these new codes.

Phone Communication During Remote Work

In light of current events and to adhere for the need for social distancing, we will not have an in-office phone operator.

When calling into the office, please dial the extension of the party you wish to reach or press 5 for a company directory.

Our staff is fully equipped to work remotely and to answer your call. If the party you are trying to reach is busy, please leave a voicemail and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.

We appreciate your patience during this time.