COVID-19 Public Resources

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) Resources

Read the full text of the act here.

CLA is aggregating the following third-party analyses and summaries of the CARES Act for information purposes only. We advise readers not to rely exclusively on any of the following and to conduct their own due diligence and analysis.


Videos Related to COVID-19 Pandemic

The California Lawyers Association is in the process of creating education videos for the public in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. You can view the videos on this page or watch them directly on YouTube.

All new videos will be added here and on the YouTube playlist as they become available.

Navigating COVID-19 Issues

Navigating COVID-19 Issues: Employer Concerns

English CC available.

Navigating COVID-19 Issues: Employee Health and Safety

English CC available.

Navigating COVID-19 Issues: Employee Leave Laws

English CC available.

Navigating COVID-19 Issues: Employee Benefits

English CC available.

Navigating COVID-19 Issues: Targeting Healthcare Provider Employment Concerns

English & Spanish CC available.

Navigating COVID-19 Issues: Overview of California’s Eviction Moratorium

English & Spanish CC available.

English CC available.

English & Spanish CC available.

Health & Wellness

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English CC available.


The information offered in these short videos have been provided as a public service and are intended to provide basic information. This is not legal advice and is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship.


Disaster Legal Assistance Collaborative

Disaster Legal Assistance Collaborative is a collaborative of legal services organizations, bar associations, and others, statewide. They are providing free legal services during this pandemic.

Visit their website for legal help or sign up to volunteer here.


COVID-19’s Impact on Statewide Evictions

Thank you to the Real Property Section for providing an article about COVID-19’s Impact on Statewide Evictions.

COVID-19’s Impact on Statewide Evictions (click to expand)

By Stephanie Foster and Anna Liu

The global Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is forcing the world to change its daily practices and the impact was felt almost immediately in the California landlord-tenant arena. As governments scramble to protect citizens, the state issued a moratorium on certain evictions in an effort to help residential tenants remain in their homes and small commercial businesses stay afloat.

On March 4, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom proclaimed a state of emergency in California due to the threat posed by COVID-19, which currently remains in effect through May 31, 2020. Following the state of emergency declaration, Governor Newsom issued an executive order allowing local governments broad discretion to enact substantive limitations on residential and commercial evictions for a tenant’s failure to pay rent when:

  1. the non-payment of rent arises out of a substantial decrease in household or business income or substantial out-of-pocket medical expenses, and
  2. the decrease in income was caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, or by any local, state, or federal government response to COVID-19, and
  3. the decrease in income is documented.

As a result, a number of local jurisdictions, including Los Angeles and San Francisco have already adopted their own COVID-19 specific eviction restrictions.

For example, San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced a moratorium on residential evictions related to financial impacts caused by COVID-19. It requires tenants to (1) give notice of their inability to pay rent due to COVID-19 related financial hardship within 30 days of missing a rent payment, and (2) to provide documentation within seven days of giving notice.  The San Francisco policy allows a tenant up to six months to pay back the missed rent. 

The City of Los Angeles also barred landlords from evicting residential tenants during the emergency period if the tenant is able to show an inability to pay rent due to circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic, including loss of income due to a COVID-19 related workplace closure, child care expenditures due to school closures, health care expenses related to being ill with COVID-19 or caring for a member of the tenant’s household who is ill with COVID-19, or reasonable expenditures that stem from government-ordered emergency measures. Tenants will have up to six months following the expiration of the local emergency period to repay any back due rent.

The Sacramento City Council has adopted an emergency ordinance to establish a temporary moratorium on evicting tenants unable to pay rent due to a loss of income caused by COVID-19, that will end once the Governor’s Executive Order terminates on May 31, 2020, unless it is extended. Sacramento’s ordinance does not prevent a landlord from evicting a tenant who failed to pay rent when due before the ordinance was adopted or for any other lease violation.

San Diego has requested that the San Diego Superior Court halt all pending eviction cases and new eviction filings and that the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department cease enforcing eviction orders during the state of emergency.

On March 16, 2020, the Governor signed Executive Order N-28-20, which in part finds that it is necessary to promote stability among commercial tenancies to mitigate the economic pressures of the emergency. California’s order also presses lenders to hold off on foreclosures, which could relieve landlords who unable to pay mortgages as a result of missed rent.

The City and County of San Francisco then quickly followed its residential eviction moratorium with a temporary moratorium preventing small to medium-sized business from being evicted due to a loss of income related to lost revenue or other economic impacts caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. This order applies to commercial tenants registered to do business in San Francisco making less than $25 million a year, based on the 2019 tax year.

If a covered commercial tenant fails to pay rent that was due on or after March 17, 2020, the landlord may not recover possession of the unit due to the missed payment until the landlord first provides written notice to the tenant of the violation and provides an opportunity of at least one month to cure.

At both the state and local level, the moratoriums do not relieve tenants of their obligation to pay rent.  Rather, they suspend a landlord’s right to move forward with evicting a tenant who has accurately documented their COVID-19 caused financial hardship while the Order is in place.

As much as COVID-19 is a novel disease, it is a novel experience for landlords, tenants, attorneys, and governments as the laws are rapidly changing and evolving daily. 


Webinars by Arnold and Porter

Arnold and Porter live and recorded webinars regarding COVID-19.


The Coronavirus Crisis: What Companies Need to Know About Congressional Actions to Date and the Likely Next Legislative Steps on the Road to Recovery

As the coronavirus grew to pandemic status last week, Congress snapped into action with two major pieces of legislation designed for government agencies to help individuals affected by the crisis. In the weeks ahead, Congress will consider a series of extraordinary legislative measures needed to help various sectors of the economy survive and recover from this unprecedented threat to our nation’s well-being.

Watch the Recording

Coronavirus: Important Issues for Hospitality Industry Owners, Operators and Lenders

The coronavirus pandemic is affecting nearly every corner of commerce as consumers and business travelers cancel their travel plans and start to limit their day-to-day activities. This webinar addresses the policy developments related to the hospitality industry as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

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COVID-19: Working With BARDA and FDA on COVID-19 Countermeasures

How can biotech and pharmaceutical companies work with the government in developing and supplying effective diagnostics, treatments and vaccines for COVID-19? What should these companies know? Join us for this webinar to find out.

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Policy Developments Related to the Coronavirus Pandemic Part II: The CARES Act

Date: TBD

Given the ongoing developments and negotiations surrounding the CARES Act stimulus bill, we are postponing our webinar until there is a final bill and can provide you with an analysis of the key components of the legislation.

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Resources for Businesses and Individuals

Below is a list of resources to help businesses and individuals respond to the challenges posed by COVID-19. Every situation is unique, so to find the right resources, conduct some research; local resources may be more practical or an industry specific response might be most appropriate.

Research local counties, cities and institutional business partners, like banks and professional associations, for further guidance and useful tools.

Resources listed below are provided for informational purposes only. The California Lawyers Association does not endorse any organizations or programs.  Thank you to CLA’s Business Law Section for contributing to the resources provided below.

Employment Law Update –  Families First Coronavirus Response Act

The Act, among other benefits, provides many employees in the US with up to two weeks of paid sick leave and up to 12 weeks of protected and partially paid Family and Medical Leave Act leave for absences from work to:

  • recover from or isolate due to coronavirus;
  • quarantine or isolate due to a federal, state or local Order related to COVID-19;  
  • similar reasons as determined by the Secretary of Health and Human Services;
  • care for family members who are recovering from or isolating due to coronavirus; or
  • care for children under 18 due to school or day care closures. 

More details from Delfino Madden here

Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus

IRS is offering coronavirus tax relief. Check for frequent updates.
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Economic Impact Payments: What You Need to Know

$1,200* FOR INDIVIDUALS

Eligible individuals with adjusted gross income up to $75,000 will automatically receive the full $1,200 payment.

$2,400* FOR MARRIED COUPLES

Eligible married couples filing a joint return with adjusted gross income up to $150,000 will automatically receive the full $2,400 payment.

$500* PER CHILD

Parents also get $500 for each eligible child under 17.

AUTOMATIC PAYMENTS

Most taxpayers don’t need to take any extra steps to receive a payment. The IRS will use information from a taxpayer’s 2019 tax return if they’ve filed it, or their 2018 tax return, if they haven’t.

*Income and other limits apply

The vast majority of people do not need to take any action. The IRS will calculate and automatically send the economic impact payments to those eligible.

Anyone with a tax filing obligation who has not yet filed a tax return for 2018 or 2019 should file as soon as they can to receive an economic impact payment.

IF YOU STILL NEED TO FILE, USE:

  • e-File – Taxpayers and tax professionals are encouraged to file electronically.
  • Free File – Use IRS Free File if your adjusted gross income is $69,000 or less.
  • Direct Deposit* – Combining direct deposit with electronic filing is the fastest way to receive your refund.

*The economic impact payment will be deposited directly into the same bank account reflected on the return filed.

Department of Labor

Coronavirus Resources
https://www.dol.gov/coronavirus

Center for Disease Control (CDC)
US Chamber of Commerce
CA Chamber of Commerce
CA Secretary of State

The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development has compiled helpful information for employers, employees and all Californians as it relates to the cornonavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
https://business.ca.gov/coronavirus-2019/

CA Employment Development Department

Partial Unemployment Insurance Claims to Keep Employees
https://www.edd.ca.gov/unemployment/Partial_Claims.htm

Work Sharing Program
https://www.edd.ca.gov/Unemployment/Work_Sharing_Program.htm

Local Government and Local Agencies

San Francisco

Assistance & Guidance for Businesses and Workers Impacted by COVID-19
https://oewd.org/assistance-guidance-businesses-and-workers-impacted-covid-19

Deferral of Business Taxes and License Fees
https://sftreasurer.org/covid19

Covid-19 Small Business Resiliency Fund
https://oewd.org/covid-19-small-business-resiliency-fund

LSE Application for Commercial LEase Assistance (English)
https://lccr.com/get-help/economic-justice-legal-services-for-entrepreneurs-lse/lse-application-english/

SF Small Business Revolving Loan Fund
http://www.mainstreetlaunch.org/san-francisco-launch/

San Francisco Paid Sick Leave & The Coronavirus
https://sfgov.org/olse/san-francisco-paid-sick-leave-coronavirus

Los Angeles County

Coronavirus Response Page at LAEDC
https://laedc.org/coronavirus/

Monterey County

Banking Institutions

CitiBank

Coronavirus (COVID-19). Let us know if we can help.
https://online.citi.com/US/JRS/pands/detail.do?ID=covid19

Northwestern Mutual

Industry-Specific Guidance

American Dental Association
National Restaurant Association

Coronavirus Information and Resources
https://restaurant.org/Covid19

National Retail Federation
Analysis of CARES Act for Non-Profit Organizations

On March 27, President Trump signed into law a $2.2 trillion stimulus plan—the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act)—in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The CARES Act, previously passed by the Senate in a 96-0 vote, is a mix of direct cash payments to many Americans, financial support for small businesses and targeted sectors of the economy, and more resources for frontline medical support.

The legislation includes a number of provisions of relevance to non-profit organizations, including: (1) expanded eligibility for non-profits to apply for Small Business Administration (SBA) loans; (2) opportunities for larger non-profits to apply for relief under a new program at the Department of Treasury; (3) expanded unemployment benefits to employees who lose their jobs due to COVID-19; and (4) tax incentives for employers to retain employees during the pandemic. This analysis provides an in-depth summary of the provisions of interest to non-profits, as well as several considerations for your organization in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

Mental Health Resources

American Psychological Association
California Psychological Association

Coronavirus Resources
https://www.cpapsych.org/page/COVID-19

Coronavirus anxiety (Covid-19)

On a Lighter Note

It can’t all be doom and gloom. Here are some resources for you and your family to make the most out of the situation. 

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