What the Families First Coronavirus Response Act Means to Nonprofits

Posted By: Madeleine McGee Covid-19 Response ,

 On March 19, the President signed into law, H.R. 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. The bill includes a complex set of temporary paid leave mandates and employer reimbursement provisions, as well as funding for free coronavirus testing, food nutrition security, and Unemployment extension.

Thank you to the National Council of Nonprofits for your work providing this analysis even while advocating nonstop for nonprofits to be included in emergency relief discussions still underway. 

Employment Provisions 

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act imposes new job protections for workers, paid leave mandates on employers, and a generous reimbursement scheme for employers that are designed to hold nonprofit and for-profit employers. The law provides two weeks of paid sick leave, a subsequent ten weeks of partially paid family leave for care of a child, and refundable tax credits in many cases will result in the Treasury Department writing checks to employers to cover some of the costs of the mandates.

Other Major Provisions

Other provisions included relate to SNAP benefits, Child and Senior Food and Nutrition, Emergency Unemployment measures and Coronavirus testing.  To learn more, read the two page analysis here