Federal Laws in Response to COVID-19



The federal government has passed several laws in response to the COVID-19 health crisis.  See below for information and links.

Federal and State Government Resources


Caronavirus, Aid, Relief and Economic Security (“CARES”) Act (03/29/20)
Expands unemployment insurance for workers; allocates $350 billion for Paycheck Protection Program for small businesses (<500 employees); and provides individual tax credits for qualifying taxpayers and business tax relief.
Small Business Owners’ Guide to CARES Act 

Families First Caronavirus Response Act (“Families First Act”) (03/18/20)
Mandates paid sick leave for employees who must self-quarantine; expands Family Medical Leave Act; provides payroll tax credits to employers; guarantees coverage of testing by public and private payers; includes additional health provisions regarding Medicare and Medicaid.  Effective April 1, 2020.
Department of Labor COVID-19 and the American Workplace
Department of Labor Families First Caronavirus Response Act: Employee Paid Leave Rights
Families First Caronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) Poster (English) (Spanish) (Korean)
Department of Labor Quick Tip Poster for FFCRA eligibility

On March 31st, TCA sponsored a webinar by Misty Hubbard Gutierrez, Thomas, Feldman & Wilshusen LLP

o Click here for a copy of the presentation slides.
o Click here to view a recording of the presentation.

Caronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020 (“Caronavirus Supplemental”) (03/06/20)

$8.3 billion emergency funding bill that provides funds to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to develop vaccines and testing kits for local communities; funds to state and local health departments for staffing increases and lab equipment; and funds to other federal agencies for international containment efforts.