FAQs - Small business requirements to pay Sick Leave How am I supposed to pay for this? The federal government actually pays for these required wages. How does the federal government reimburse me for these wages? Through tax credits. You will get some tax credits now with each payroll. You will get additional credits later with a separate form. When does this start? This starts with hours not worked today 04/01/20. So it starts with your first pay that covers 04/01/20. Will I have any out of pocket costs? Most costs will be reimbursed. There will be some nominal costs along the way. And you probably will have to front some monies while you wait for certain tax credit reimbursements. How do I answer employee questions? Refer them to the link for the poster. How does this affect my employees filing for unemployment? Should they wait to file unemployment claims? I don’t have answers. PA Unemployment is aware of this program. Are there tax-saving opportunities with this? I have one strategy for S corporation shareholders that I am researching. It will probably pay you not to skip months of payroll since the federal government will pay most of your payroll tax drafts. More to come on this.