The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) offered guidance on the unemployment insurance (UI) provisions of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act of 2020 (CARES Act). This builds upon actions previously taken by Congress such as the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) to extend UI coverage to individuals affected by COVID-19. In “Understanding the Unemployment Insurance Provisions in the CARES Act,” colleagues Laura K. Latham, Andrea R. Milano and Stephanie T. Rosenberg discuss the guidance issued by the The Department of Labor regarding federally funded initiatives to increase individuals’ unemployment insurance entitlement under the CARES Act.
Restaurant companies have been devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The National Restaurant Association estimates that the industry has already lost more than 3 million jobs and $25 billion in sales, and there are many more dark days ahead. In “Paycheck Protection Program Leaves Restaurant Industry With Questions,” partner Anna M. Graves discusses the special provisions that the the sweeping $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act includes to assist restaurant companies and their employees.