COVID-19 Laws and Legal Resources

Workers face a widespread shift to remote work, as well as increased risks of illness and job loss.

Tenants and homeowners facing financial struggles may be protected by federal, state, or local laws.

Federal funding provides businesses with options including forgivable loans and emergency grants.

Federal and state filing deadlines are extended, and some taxpayers can receive other benefits.

Frequently Asked Questions
  • Do I need to comply with shelter-in-place orders?
    Yes, these orders have legal effect, and authorities are prioritizing their enforcement. A violation may result in penalties, although a first-time violation may be resolved with a warning.
  • How does the federal stimulus package affect me?
    You may be eligible for a one-time payment from the government. You also can receive additional unemployment benefits if you lose your job. Business owners may receive loans on favorable terms.
  • Can I receive paid sick leave if I get the virus?
    You can potentially receive up to 80 hours of paid sick leave if you get the coronavirus. This leave also applies if you need to care for an ill family member or a child staying at home.
  • What should I do if one of my employees gets sick?
    You should identify and send home all other employees who had contact with the infected employee within the last 14 days. Also, you should clean and disinfect all affected areas of your office.
  • What if I can’t pay my rent?
    Tenants unable to pay rent due to the COVID-19 outbreak may be protected by federal, state, or local laws suspending evictions, prohibiting late fees, and imposing rent caps due to the pandemic.
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Popular Topics
  • Unemployment Benefits During COVID-19
    If you lose your job due to the economic downturn, you can get unemployment benefits from your state. These benefits will be supplemented by the federal government.
  • Working Remotely During COVID-19
    Employers should develop a specific policy to help employees transition to remote work. Employees should take certain steps to maximize their productivity when working from home.
  • Impact of COVID-19 on Criminal Cases
    Court closures and ensuing delays in processing cases may result in violations of the right to a speedy trial. Meanwhile, overcrowding in jails poses health concerns for defendants.
  • Divorce, Family Law, and Coronavirus
    While most family courts are closed, you still can get a divorce during the coronavirus outbreak. Some parents may want to adjust child custody arrangements to protect a child’s health.
  • Impact of COVID-19 on Personal Injury Cases
    Accident victims may face more pressure to settle cases. Medical treatment may be delayed, and insurers may defend cases more aggressively, leading to protracted litigation.
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