COVID-19 Updates

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Updated July 24, 3:00 PM EST

Pennsylvania Makes Hazard Pay Grants Available for Front-Line Workers

PA Governor Tom Wolf announced the availability of $50 million in grant funding to help employers provide hazard pay to employees in life-sustaining occupations.

The grant funds may be used for hazard pay for direct, full-time and part-time employees earning less than $20/hour, excluding fringe benefits and overtime. The eligible program period is from August 16, 2020 to October 24, 2020.

Applicants to the grant may apply for up to $1,200 per eligible full-time equivalent (FTE) employee, for up to 500 eligible FTE employees per location.

The maximum amount of grants a business can receive through this program is $3 million.

Eligible Pennsylvania-based industries for this grant include:

  • Healthcare and Social Assistance
  • Ambulatory Health Care Services
  • Hospitals
  • Nursing and Residential Care Facilities
  • Transit and Ground Passenger Transportation
  • Food Manufacturing
  • Food Retail Facilities
  • Security Services for eligible industries listed above and commercial industries that were not closed as a result of the Governor’s Business Closure Order
  • Janitorial Services to Buildings and Dwellings

You can learn more about this grant at the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) website.

Eligible employers can apply for a grant at the DCED online application.

Update on the PPP Loan Forgiveness Application

The U.S. Small Business Administration and Department of the Treasury have made revisions to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness application. You can read the full announcement here.

As a result of this revision, there are now two different loan forgiveness applications – the Full Forgiveness Application and a new EZ Forgiveness Application.

The EZ version applies to borrowers that:

  • Are self-employed and have no employees; OR
  • Did not reduce the salaries or wages of their employees by more than 25%, and did not reduce the number or hours of their employees; OR
  • Experienced reductions in business activity as a result of health directives related to COVID-19, and did not reduce the salaries or wages of their employees by more than 25%.

Regardless of what forgiveness application is used, borrowers have the option of using the original 8-week covered period (if their loan was made before June 5, 2020) or an extended 24-week covered period.

ECCA Payroll+ is currently reviewing the requirements for these revised loan applications and will provide updates when available.

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.

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.

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