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How does the American Rescue Plan Act affect Small Business?

On March 11, 2021, President Joe Biden signed into law the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021 to provide economic relief during the coronavirus pandemic. The $1.9 trillion measure has several provisions of note that directly affect employers.

Paid Leave

  • While the ARPA does not require employers to provide paid leave for employee absences related to COVID-19, it does extend the tax credit allowed for voluntarily extending FFCRA-like leave from March 31, 2021, to September 30, 2021.