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CARES Act: Unemployment Extension


​President Donald Trump signed into law the third and largest coronavirus relief package, which is meant to help struggling businesses and displaced workers during the pandemic. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act aims to boost the economy with provisions that impact employer-sponsored health insurance, retirement savings, employer-provided education assistance, unemployment insurance, and business loans.

CARES Act: Overview of All Employer-Related Provisions
The CARES Act: What Employers Need to Know About the Historic Stimulus Package
Ogletree | Mar 2020

CARES Act of 2020: Summary of Unemployment Insurance Provisions
U.S. Department of Labor via SHRM

The focus of this resource is the expansion of unemployment insurance and extension of benefits.

The CARES Act:

• Creates a new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program (through December 31, 2020) to help those not traditionally eligible for Unemployment Insurance (UI), including self-employed individuals, independent contractors, those with limited work history and those who are unable to work as a result of the coronavirus public health emergency. Pays 50% of the unemployment insurance costs incurred by state, local and tribal governments and non-profit organizations, not part of the UI system.

• Provides additional $600/week payment to each UI or Pandemic Unemployment Assistance recipient through the end of July 2020.

• Provides funding for the 1st week of unemployment for states to waive the traditional "waiting week" before benefits begin.

• Provides an additional 13 weeks of unemployment to help those who remain unemployed after weeks of state unemployment are no longer available. • Provides states with temporary, limited flexibility to hire temporary staff or re-hire former staff to quickly process unemployment claims.

• Provides funding to states to help them maintain short-time compensation programs to prevent layoffs, as well as expand these work sharing programs in the future.

These provisions are discussed in detail in the following articles.

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What Happens When Unemployment Pays Too Well?
SHRM | May 2020

New Guidance from DOL Addresses Potential Unemployment Compensation Concerns
Ford Harrison | May 2020

Program Integrity for the Unemployment Insurance (UI) Program ...

DOL Guidance

DOL Continues to Clarify Scope of CARES Act Unemployment Benefits
SHRM | Apr 2020

DOL Issues Guidance Regarding Application of Unemployment Provisions of the CARES Act
Franczek | Apr 2020

DOL Provides Further Guidance on Pandemic Unemployment Assistance
Littler | Apr 2020

Expanded Unemployment Insurance Access and Benefits: 4 Key Takeaways From the CARES Act
Faegre Drinker | Apr 2020

DOL new guidance on CARES Act’s Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program and $600 weekly Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation
Nixon Peabody | Apr 2020

Recent Changes to Unemployment What Employers Need to Know
Wilmer Hale | Apr 2020

Employers and Workers Impacted by COVID-19: Expanded Unemployment Programs Have Arrived
Ogletree | Mar 2020

Index of COVID-19/Coronavirus Express Requests

Reopening Your Workplace
Reopening Your Workplace: Overviews
Recalling/Rehiring Employees
When Employees Refuse to Return to Work
Addressing Fears About Returning to the Workplace
Masks/Face Coverings in the Workplace
Testing Employees for COVID-19
Taking Employee Temperatures

Employee Relations
Accommodating Workers at Higher Risk for Severe Illness
COVID-19 Myth Busters
Responding to Employee's COVID-19 Diagnosis
EEOC Updates Coronavirus-Related Guidance
Communicating with Employees
Death of an Employee
How to Support a Grieving Employee

Talent Acquisition
Preemployment Background Checks During COVID-19
Completing Form I-9 for Remote Workers
Documenting an Expired Driver's License on I-9 and E-Verify

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)
General (Overviews, DOL Resources, More)
Summer Child Care
Employers' Frequently Asked Questions
IRS FAQs on Tax Credits & Required Documentation
Decision Flow Charts
Valuing Health Plan Costs for Tax Credits
Health Care Provider/Emergency Responder (Employee) Exclusion

Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act
Overviews of Implications for Employers
Employee Retention Tax Credit
Business & Nonprofit Relief
Direct Payments to Individuals (Stimulus Checks/Direct Deposit)
Employee Benefit Plan Provisions
Paycheck Protection Program (SBA loans) 
Paycheck Protection Program (Loan Forgiveness)
Unemployment Expansion & Extension
Potential Relief for Government Contractors
Valuing Health Plan Costs for Tax Credits

Essential Businesses and Workers
Essential Business Designation
Essential Workers: Identifying
Essential Workers: Hazard Pay and Incentives

Compensation and Benefits
COBRA Deadlines Temporarily Extended
Various Benefit Plan Deadline Extensions
Survey Reports: Pay Adjustments Amid COVID-19
Families First Coronavirus Response Act (Paid Leave; Enhanced FMLA; More)
Reducing Employer's Retirement Plan Contribution/Match
U.S. Wage and Hour Issues
Making Tax-Favored Disaster Relief Payments to Employees
Leave Donation Programs
IRS Relaxes HDHP Rules

Remote Workers
Allowing Telework
Engaging Remote Workers
Remote Work & State Tax Issues
Monitoring Remote Workers

Layoffs and Alternatives to Layoffs
Pay Reductions
Shared-Work/Work Share Programs
Layoff Alternatives
Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act
California EDD Work Sharing Program
Please also see under CARES Act (above):
Employee Retention Credit
Paycheck Protection Program

New OSHA Guidance on Recording COVID-19 Cases Effective May 26
Employer Resource Centers (U.S. and Global)
Preparedness Plan
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