News Protecting Nonprofits bill signed into law

On Monday, August 3, President Trump signed the Protecting Nonprofits from Catastrophic Cash Flow Strain Act. The National Council of Nonprofits, of which the Providers’ Council is a member, issued a joint statement with the National Association of State Workforce Agencies.

The legislation makes a technical correction to the federal CARES Act, allowing the state Department of Unemployment Assistance to simply give nonprofits that self-insure for unemployment a 50 percent credit on any unemployment payments they must make. Before the corrections, nonprofits would have had to pay 100 percent of the costs up front and then wait for a 50 percent reimbursement from DUA.

The federal government agreed to cover half of the costs in the CARES Act. Pending legislation in Washington would cover up to 75 percent of the costs. The Council, other Massachusetts organizations and associations across the country continue to urge legislators to cover 100 percent of unemployment costs that have skyrocketed in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you have any questions about unemployment or state/federal advocacy, please contact Bill Yelenak at the Providers’ Council.

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