Managing & Tracking COVID-19 Paid Leave Just Got Easier

GoCo’s New COVID-19 Paid Leave Feature Keeps Businesses Compliant with the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)

April 13, 2020

Updated: May 14, 2020

HR Professionals all over are scrambling to respond to the new regulations and processes related to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) that federal agencies of the United States have come together to implement.

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The law, effective April 1, 2020, has opened up questions for HR managers and business owners alike regarding how to best track and manage the new leave policies and employee requests.

Additionally, recent house legislation has been updated to strengthen and further enforce protections for sick leave. The new regulations work to aid employees in obtaining paid sick leave benefits, and prevent agencies from exempting these. 

To help businesses stay compliant with FFCRA, GoCo has mobilized to quickly release a new emergency paid-leave tracking feature. Let’s dive into how GoCo can help you manage COVID-19 paid leave.

How GoCo Can Help Track COVID-19 Paid Leave

You can see a video of the new feature here and read a feature-by-feature breakdown below.

Calculate the Correct Amount of Leave Time

GoCo’s COVID-19 Paid Leave feature calculates the correct amount of leave time for both Emergency Paid Sick Leave and EFMLA.

Employees Can Easily Request EPSL and EFMLA from GoCo

Ask Employees to Provide the Correct Documentation

The feature also ensures that the documentation data required is specific to each type of leave request.

Allow Employees to Select from Government Approved Reasons for the Request

Employees must select from a list of government-approved reasons for COVID-19 Paid Leave.

On top of simplifying the employee experience for understanding and requesting leave, GoCo has streamlined the process for employers to track the leave taken and generate reports that can be used to run payroll and get the qualified tax credits.

“As soon as the Families First Coronavirus Response Act was announced, we heard from HR professionals that the new rules were confusing and difficult to track and manage,” said Nir Leibovich, CEO, and Founder of GoCo. “With our new COVID-19 Paid Leave feature, we’re hoping to alleviate some of that burden for small businesses, and make it really easy for their employees to request time off if they need it while keeping the employer’s in compliance.”

Not only is GoCo giving businesses everything they need to quickly track and implement new paid leave policies, but GoCo is also working with the human resources community to provide educational materials to help HR professionals understand the new rules and regulations. GoCo produced a webinar featuring a panel of HR experts, as well as numerous written resources that are available for free on their website.

You can learn more and schedule a demo of GoCo’s COVID-19 Paid Leave at

About GoCo

GoCo is modern HR, benefits, and payroll, built with flexibility and ease-of-use in mind. Founded in 2015 and headquartered in Houston, TX, GoCo’s mission is to help small businesses spend less time on manual HR tasks, so they can focus on growing happier, more productive teams.

Unlike other HRIS platforms, GoCo is built to be flexible enough to support existing processes, policies, and providers, so that SMBs don’t have to change the way they work just to adopt a modern HR system. For more information, visit

The GoCo team is working hard to support HR pros through COVID-19. Visit our COVID-19 Resource Center for more tools and tips 💚

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