Employers should set up separate pay codes in their payroll system for COVID-19-related payments, including not only those made under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) paid leave provisions but also those made to employees who have taken on different duties with different exposures that would warrant use of different insurance class codes. This will allow an employer to report segments of its payroll by different exposures to its insurance companies for policies such as workers' compensation and general liability.

State governments and relevant insurance regulatory bureaus are still working to develop payroll handling and reporting guidance as it applies to the COVID-19 crisis. Tracking payments as outlined above will enable the insurance company auditor to identify COVID-19-associated payrolls, and ultimately those payrolls will be handled as determined by the state governments and relevant insurance regulatory bureaus.

 

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