March 21, 2020

New information is available from the federal agencies responsible for administering the paid leave provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, signed into law on March 18. Following is a top-line overview with direct links to information available from the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Both agencies are expected to release more details during the week of March 22, which should provide answers to questions orchestras will have about how the requirements and relief apply to staff, musicians, and independent contractors who are not able to work due to rehearsal, concert, and program cancellations; inability to telework; and other impacts of the COVID-19 crisis. The League will keep you informed as to when those details become available.

Mandated Paid Leave for Employees

Relief for Employers

Paid Leave for Self-employed Workers

In addition to sharing updates about these provisions, the League will keep you informed about further COVID-19 relief currently being shaped by the federal government. It is important to note that the next relief package slated for a vote by Congress on Monday, March 23 may include Small Business Administration Disaster Loans (accessible to nonprofit organizations) with incentives to keep workers on the payroll, such as comprehensive loan forgiveness. See the League’s advocacy alert to weigh in with Congress regarding this and other forms of relief.

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