Public Policy

COVID-19 Government Response and Resources


Make your voice heard as DOL implements the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Provide your input here.

The safety of workplaces remains top of mind as we continue to manage through COVID-19. SHRM is your partner and guide through these unprecedented times, and you can access our regularly updated resources on

Read SHRM's analysis of recent Congressional action impacting workplaces:

The Emergency Families First Response to Coronavirus Act

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act or "CARES Act"

SHRM Influencing Policy:

SHRM sent a letter to the leaders of DHS, U.S. Citizenship and Immigrations Services (USCIS) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) asking for relief for employers on COVID-19 and related I-9 verification and visa issues. Soon afterwards, DHS announced that it will ease certain requirements for employers as SHRM requested.

SHRM webcastsBelow you will find a list of all recent SHRM webcasts that address COVID-19 and impacts to work, workers and the workplace. You can register to attend or attend on-demand using any of the below links.

federal legislative resources

Below is a listing of Congressional legislative activity designed to address the COVID-19 outbreak.  SHRM will continually update this section as Congress and President Trump come to terms with the various legislative relief packages currently under consideration.

state resources

Below is a listing of public resources compiled by certain SHRM strategic partners and others sources providing access to recent actions undertaken by various governors and state legislatures. With regard to the California resources listed, certain county and municipal entities' actions to address the COVID-19 outbreak are provided below. These listings are updated daily and are meant to be informational in nature and not meant to constitute legal advice in any way.

federal regulatory resources

The White House and numerous agencies within the Trump Administration have issued guidance documents related to the COVID-19 outbreak. Below is a listing of those that could be of importance to HR professionals or the organizations that they serve.

White House

U.S. Census Bureau

U.S. Department of Labor

Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA)

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)

EEOC on ADA, Rehabilitation Act and COVID-19

The EEOC provided a link to EEOC guidance issued in 2009 regarding the H1N1 pandemic, guidance that provides timely and helpful information applicable to today's COVID-19 pandemic

Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP)

Office of Foreign Labor Compliance (OFLC)

Small Business Administration (SBA)

Internal Revenue Service and Department of Treasury Resources

For small businesses seeking direct relief from COVID-19, CLICK HERE to learn more about Paycheck Protection Loans.

National Labor Relations Board and Labor Resources

Federal Deposit Insurance Commission

FDIC has issued Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for Bankers and Consumers

The federal bank regulatory agency has announced two actions to support the U.S. economy and allow banks to continue lending to businesses. They are:

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Other Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Department of Health and Human Services

Centers for Disease Control Resources for Businesses and Employers

To assist you in your efforts, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have developed the following checklist for large businesses. Business Pandemic Influenza Planning Checklist (DHSS) Checklist It identifies important, specific activities large businesses can do now to prepare, many of which will also help you in other emergencies. Further information can be found at and

The Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

OSHA wants employers to understand how OSHA standards apply to protecting workers from COVID-19

OSHA released reopening guidance for all workers and employers.                                 

Both OSHA and CDC regularly update their webpages with reopening guidance relevant to the business community.  We encourage you to regularly check for update guidance at:

OSHA has also released general guidance for preparing workplaces for COVID-19:

The Department of Homeland Security - U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)

The Department of Homeland Security - Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)


As the nation's risk advisor, The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has been monitoring the evolving Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19 situation closely, taking part in interagency and industry coordination calls, and working with critical infrastructure partners to prepare for possible disruptions to critical infrastructure that may stem from widespread illness. 

CISA is releasing cyber alerts concerning COVID-19 scams, enterprise VPN security concerns and mitigations, as well as tips for responding to physical, supply chain, and cybersecurity issues that may arise as a result of the situation.

Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

TSA continues to coordinate with industry (air carriers and airports) to the greatest extent practicable to discuss government actions, sharing draft directives with carriers for their input and feedback, and conducting ongoing discussions regarding implementation.

global resources 

Global Policy Resources:


The Business Twenty (B20):

International Labor Organization (ILO):

World Health Organization (WHO): Getting your workplace ready for COVID-19 

United Nations: Coronavirus global health emergency

International Monetary Fund (IMF): Policy Responses to COVID-19

Congressional Research Service: Global Economic Effects of COVID-19

World Health Organization (WHO): Coronavirus disease (COVID-2019) situation reports

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD): 

University of Oxford: COVID-19 Government Response Tracker 

SHRM advocacy letters

Now, more than ever, it is important HR's voice is heard on the impacts to the workplace as a result of pending emergency legislation. In response, SHRM has submitted the following letters.

SHRM policy strategic partners

The National Governor Association (NGA) is strategic partner of SHRM focused on state interaction at the state executive level.  NGA provides a platform where governors can share best practices, speak with an informed voice on national policy and develop innovative solutions that improve citizens' lives through state government and support the principles of federalism.  Through NGA, governors identify priority issues and deal with matters of public policy and governance at the state, national and global levels.

The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), founded in 1975, represents the legislatures in the states, territories and commonwealths of the United States. Its mission is to advance the effectiveness, independence and integrity of legislatures and to foster interstate cooperation and facilitate the exchange of information among legislatures. SHRM has been a long-time strategic partner of the NCSL Foundation, which serves as a resource of information of legislative activity within the states that has the potential to impact the day-to-day activities of HR practitioners. Below are a series of links to the NCSL website highlighting state actions in relation to COVID-19 outbreak, as well as current state laws relating to paid sick leave requirement for private-sector employers and state work share laws in certain states.

SHRM's Global Partners:

  • The International Organisation of Employers (IOE): is the largest global private sector network, representing 50 million businesses in nearly 150 countries.  The IOE is also a business representative in social and employment policy debates taking place in the ILO, across the UN, G20 and other emerging forums. SHRM is an active IOE member.  

  • The Business Twenty (B20): is the official Group of Twenty (G20) dialogue with the business community. As the voice of the private sector to the G20 government leaders, it represents the global business community across all G20 member states and all economic sectors. The B20 supports the G20 through specific policy recommendations, the consolidated representation of business interests and economic expertise. SHRM is an active B20 member, and is currently part of the Future of Work and Education Taskforce—Saudi Arabia 2020.



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