CARES Act and Unemployment

COVID-19HR Insights

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) was signed into law on March 27, 2020, and since then the Department of Labor (DOL) has issued guidance on the provisions of the CARES Act that temporarily expanded the unemployment insurance program. This expansion is retroactive to job losses starting on or after January 27, 2020 and continues until December 31, 2020. This issue of HR Insights provides an overview of the CARES Act and guidance regarding unemployment, followed by FAQs published by the Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance, the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, and the Small Business Association.