COVID-19 Legislation

Take a look back at state and federal legislation related to the COVID-19 pandemic. We're continuing to keep tabs on the latest updates, enhancing our products to help you take action, and equipping you with tools and resources to make your job easier.

COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

Compliance Alert

The Supreme Court issued decisions on the vaccine mandates for private employers (from OSHA) and for certain healthcare workers (from CMS).

Tri-Agency COVID Guidance

Get guidance from the Departments of Labor (DOL), Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Treasury on cost-sharing requirements for COVID-19 related expenses.

Webinar: COVID-19 Vaccination & Testing

Tune in to this webinar to discover seamless ways to gather, manage, and report employee eligibility and information right within the Paylocity platform.

Guidance on Religious Objections

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued guidance on how federal antidiscrimination laws apply to COVID-19 vaccine policies.


The American Rescue Plan relief bill provides $1.9 trillion in funds as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, extending benefits for unemployed workers and businesses set to expire on March 15. Get more details in our compliance alert.

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Key items included in this bill impacting employees and employers are:

  • Extension of leave benefits and tax credits from Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)
  • Earned Income and Child Tax Credit Improvements for 2021
  • Expanded unemployment insurance (UI) benefits
  • Direct stimulus payments
  • Worker safety
  • Grants to impacted industries
  • Modifications to Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
  • Extension of Employee Retention Credit
  • COBRA subsidy credits


The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (CAA) extends many relief measures created by Families First Coronavirus Response (FFCRA), CARES, and via presidential memos in August expire at the end of 2020.

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Key items included in this bill impacting employees and employers are:

  • Extends tax credits on leave benefits from FFCRA
  • Extends and enhances Employee Retention Credits
  • Additional funding for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans with updated eligibility requirements and possibility of second loan for hardest-hit small businesses
  • Expands unemployment insurance benefits
  • Student loan provisions
  • Direct stimulus payments
  • Temporary relief for Healthcare FSAs and Dependent Care FSAs
  • Extends due date for repayment of deferred Employee Social Security tax


The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act is a $2 trillion stimulus package providing relief to small businesses, big businesses, individuals, public health, education, and state and local governments.

(CARES) Act Download

Key items included in this bill impacting employees and employers are:

  • Deferral of payments for employer Social Security tax
  • Employee retention credit
  • Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
  • Expansion of Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits.


The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA; H.R. 6201) is designed to provide additional extended sick pay and expanded FMLA to employees impacted by COVID-19 for employers with 500 or fewer employees.

FFCRA Download

Key items included in this bill impacting employees and employers are:

  • expanded paid sick leave (EPSL)
  • expanded family leave (EFMLA)
  • credit for EPSL and EPFL wages applied to all Federal Payroll Taxes
  • potential exemption for companies with less than 50 employees.

We're Ready to Help

We’re here for you every step of the way through these challenging times, and we're working hard to make sure our products are keeping up with the changing needs of your business and employees. Our support teams are also at the ready and being continuously trained to offer you the support you need, so you can focus on the more important things — especially now.


Webinar: FFCRA and CARES Act

Watch our webinar to see how we've updated our products to help you deliver the relief in these bills to your business and employees.

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Webinar: Maximizing Your Paylocity Tools

Learn how tools like our mobile app, Community, Time & Labor, and Scheduling can be used to keep employees connected and informed in the current environment.

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additional resources

Latest Legislative Updates

Visit our COVID-19 compliance alert for the latest status of federal and state legislation.

State-Specific Legislation

Listen to our PCTY Talks podcast episode on state-specific legislation updates.

Form 7200 for Employer Credit Micro Kit

Learn how to get your advance payment of employer credit with this new form.