Treasury Provides Small PPP Forgiveness Clarification Regarding Laid Off Employees
By Amy E. Ebeling and Mary Ellen Schill
May 4, 2020
Over the weekend, the Department of Treasury issued an update to their PPP FAQs. Question #40 clarifies that an employer’s forgiveness amount under PPP will not be impacted if the employer attempts to rehire a previously laid off employee and the employee refuses the offer to be rehired. The offer from the employer must be made in good faith and should be made in writing for the same salary/wages and the same number of hours as the employee’s prior position. The employer should also document the employee’s rejection of the rehiring offer. Employees and employers should be aware that employees who reject rehiring offers may be forfeiting eligibility for unemployment compensation.
The updated FAQs also state that the SBA and Treasury intend to issue an updated interim final rule with additional clarification. We are hopeful that this updated interim final rule will have additional details on PPP forgiveness.
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