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Regulatory Roundup: March 2020

April 01, 2020 Blog Post

Legislative updates from March were primarily in response to the coronavirus outbreak and relief for families and businesses.

During the month of March, the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic began to impact American families and businesses broadly and significantly, including numerous state-wide shelter-in-place orders that forced businesses to limit operations and transition workforces to working fully remote. 

As workers face the possibility of 14-day quarantines including a few days of waiting for test results, employers are trying to support these employees while also preventing the spread of the virus to colleagues with Family and Medical Leave (FMLA) coverageMany individual states have emergency paid sick leave bills pending, but bills in Colorado and New York passed in March.  

On a broader scale, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), passed into law on March 18, 2020, provides paid sick leave, tax credits, and free COVID-19 testing; expanding food assistance and unemployment benefits; and increasing Medicaid funding. The provisions benefit healthcare and education with some impacting employers, particularly in those industries most heavily impacted by the pandemic.  On March 30, the Department of Labor updated its guidance on the small business exemption where the provisions of this law would jeopardize the viability of the business. 

On Friday, March 27, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which aims to stabilize the economic impact of the pandemic by providing emergency relief to assistance and health care response for individuals, families, and businesses affected by the 2020 coronavirus pandemic. The bill includes direct payments to taxpayers, an extended unemployment insurance program, small business relief, and provisions for other organizations to fight the pandemic. 

Check out this month’s compliance and tax alerts below:  

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