COVID–19 Relief Bill Extends Unemployment Benefits, PPP and More

The $900 billion COVID–19 relief bill, passed by Congress and signed into law on Dec. 27, includes a number of provisions that affect employers and their workers in terms of paid sick leave and Emergency Family and Medical Leave Act provisions. The legislation also boosts unemployment benefits to out–of–work Americans, as well as reopening and expanding the Paycheck Protection Program that was introduced in March as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Paid sick leave and family medical leave The new law has not extended the obligation for employers to provide emergency paid sick leave…

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CARES Act Boosts Unemployment Benefits for Laid-off, Furloughed Workers

With the sudden eruption of economic calamity, and more than 247 million Americans under stay-at-home orders, some 3.1 million individuals filed for unemployment in the last week of March. To counter the blow to their income, Congress passed and President Trump signed the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which in part allocates around $250 billion in unemployment benefits for the workers who have lost their jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic. The CARES Act extends unemployment insurance benefits to workers who are not eligible for additional benefits at the state level, as long as they…

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