The Federal CARES Act, The Largest Stimulus Bill In History – How This Immediately Impacts Your Business

March 28, 2020–This afternoon, the president signed the CARES Act into law. It provides relief for business and employees struggling with the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. Small and mid-size businesses (and even some very large businesses in certain industries) may be eligible for Paycheck Protection Program loans administered by the Small Business Administration.

These loans can be used to pay employees and meet other operating costs, such as rent or mortgage obligations. Even better, loans related to payroll expenses are forgivable in the amount that employees and their full payment amounts are maintained. Many businesses may also be eligible for a 50% payroll tax credit if they are subject to a shutdown order or have suffered a substantial loss in revenue compared to the same quarter in 2019. For those businesses that are unable to retain employees, unemployment benefits are expanded and considerably more generous for the next four months.

If you have questions about whether you may be eligible for a Paycheck Protection Program loan and the deadline to apply for a Paycheck Protection Program loan is June 30, 2020.

McDonald Carano’s Employment & Labor Law Group can help you and your business analyze and navigate how the benefits and implications.

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