American Rescue Plan Act of 2021: Summary Features and Changes

March 25, 2021

American Rescue Plan Act of 2021: Summary Features and Changes

On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed HR 1319, The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP). This new Congressional relief bill delivers additional aid in response to the persistent impact of COVID-19 on the U.S. economy, public health, state and local governments, individuals, and all businesses. A top priority will be getting the $1,400 direct stimulus payments to individuals and the continued support measures to unemployed workers.

Importantly and favorably for our members, the newly passed The ARP Act includes provisions that increase the amount and duration of federal relief for reimbursing employers. And, for members whose employees have been separated from employment, The ARP Act allows a tax exclusion of $10,200 for UI benefit income in the 2020 tax year for households with adjusted gross incomes under $150,000.

Highlights, and positive results for you, of unemployment related provisions in The ARP Act are:

  • An increase in the federal reimbursement amount, from 50% of charges to 75% of charges, to reimbursing employers for weeks beginning after March 31, 2021, through the week ending prior to September 6, 2021
  • An extension of the 100% federal reimbursement of state extended UI benefits for nonprofits through the week ending Friday, September 6, 2021
  • An extension of federal funding for the first week of regular unemployment compensation
  • An extension of temporary financing of Short-Time Compensation agreements/payments (a.k.a. STC, Shared Work, or Work Share programs)
  • An extension of the waiver of interest on outstanding loans for states to pay UI benefits

Additionally, The ARP Act also extended coverage related to the 2020 UI Pandemic Programs that paid additional benefits to all unemployed workers and expanded eligibility for many workers not covered under regular state unemployment benefits or those who may have exhausted their benefits. Those include: 

  • FPUC (Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation) – A federally funded supplement of $300 weekly will continue to be added to state and federal unemployment benefits for weeks beginning March 14 through the week ending September 4, 2021.
  • PEUC (Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation) – These additional weeks of federally funded benefits will continue to be provided to eligible individuals who exhaust their traditional state unemployment insurance (UI) benefits.
  • PUA (Pandemic Unemployment Assistance) – These federally funded benefits will continue to be provided to individuals who do not qualify for regular state unemployment, such as the self-employed, part-timers, and gig workers. 

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Throughout our membership in the Unemployment Savings Program, First Nonprofit understood our demands, community dynamics, and the importance of seamless services; that allowed us to serve our constituents better.

Prevent Blindness America, Chicago, IL

Because INCS advocates for the operating conditions that allow charter public schools to provide high quality public education, partnering with First Nonprofit was an easy decision. First Nonprofit’s unemployment programs provide our member schools two operating elements crucial to their ability to provide high quality public education: savings and budget certainty. Capable, committed teachers are the key to student success. By participating in the unemployment insurance savings plan, charter public schools gain peace of mind and are able to invest more money in their teachers.

Illinois Network of Charter Schools, Chicago, IL

It has been our sincere pleasure to maintain a strong, vibrant business partnership with First Nonprofit. We greatly admire their strong industry knowledge, technical expertise, constant professionalism, knowledgeable and dedicated staff. They are always extremely responsive, personable and provide us with the necessary guidance and recommendations on a numerous variety of employment scenarios.

Thresholds, Chicago, IL

NYCON members who use First Nonprofit’s programs enjoy enduring savings and improved efficiency. Our association knows that success, because from the beginning, we achieved the same great benefits. Great savings, seamless technology, and responsive service. NYCON highly recommends First Nonprofit’s remarkable unemployment solutions.

New York Council of Nonprofits, Albany, NY

Visually Impaired Preschool Services has been a client of First Non-Profit since it was first offered as a benefit of VisionServe Alliance. We completed a thorough evaluation of cash savings to our agency before taking advantage of this wonderful benefit and it has been a very wise decision. Our experience with the processes from accounting to claims have been professional, expeditious and easy.

Visually Impaired Preschool Services, Louisville, KY

Luckily for us, our interactions regarding any issues with staffing has been very minimal! I can say that all other interactions with regards to billing, 941 reporting, etc. have been extremely pleasant, accommodating and easy to work with. Kim Ghanayem is always prompt, professional and friendly. Thank you so much!

Neurologic Music Therapy Services of Arizona, Phoenix, AZ

First Nonprofit has been easy to work with and makes the administrative process easier and smoother. We enjoy working with you.

Visually Impaired Preschool Services, Louisville, KY

The Ensight Skills Center has enjoyed working with First Nonprofit for several years. We are enrolled in their Unemployment Savings Program and although we have not required a lot of intervention, there have been a few times. I know others have dealt with the same problem of unemployment fraud over the last year and in our case, a call to First Nonprofit (they actually answer their phones) cleared up the issue. They also sent us a letter to send to all our employees telling them what they needed to do to prevent this in the future and protect themselves. What a relief! Over the years if I have questions or concerns, they are happy to listen, advise and help if they can. Another BIG advantage of using First Nonprofit is that all the money that is paid into the Unemployment Savings Program lives on my balance sheet as an asset. The money continues to be Ensight’s not the governments. First Nonprofit has certainly given me peace of mind.

Ensight Skills Center, Inc, Fort Collins, CO