COVID-19: The Law and Your Legal Rights During the Coronavirus Outbreak

The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is disrupting almost every part of life in the U.S. (and around the globe). In addition to fears for your health and loved ones, you may have critical questions about your rights to paid sick leave, medical leave, unemployment insurance, workers’ compensation, or disability benefits. Below you will find legal updates and information on emergency orders, government policies, and laws that have been enacted in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

If you are already in communication with a lawyer, or are wondering how to contact one during this time, see our article on safely communicating with a lawyer during the stay-in orders.


Employment Law for Employees

In response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, many businesses around the country have laid off workers or drastically reduced their hours. In addition, millions of people have been forced to stop working—or to request extended leave—to perform childcare, to care for family members who have contracted coronavirus, or to deal with their own medical issues related to the disease.

If you're a worker who has been impacted by the coronavirus outbreak, you might qualify for unemployment benefits, workers' compensation benefits, or a period of paid or unpaid leave. Learn more about your rights and benefits here.

The Post-COVID Workplace: How Will Work Change After the Coronavirus?

The CARES Act: What Does the $2 Trillion Stimulus Bill Mean for Workers?

Employee Rights

Coronavirus: Your Rights in the Workplace

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in the Workplace: What Are My Rights During the Coronavirus Outbreak?

Coronavirus (COVID-19), Disasters, Emergencies, and Price Gouging in California

Your Right to Time Off Work

Taking Family and Medical Leave

Coronavirus: Returning to Work FAQs

Coronavirus: Can I Be Forced to Work in Unsafe Conditions?

Employment Information by Industry & Job

Uber Drivers: Your Legal Options During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Filing for Unemployment In Your State

Collecting Unemployment Benefits in Your State

Collecting Unemployment

Basic Unemployment Information

Filing an Unemployment Claim

How to Appeal an Unemployment Denial

Unemployment Benefits: How Much Will You Get -- and For How Long?

Unemployment Benefits: What If You're Fired?

Denied Unemployment Benefits: The Appeal Process

Do You Need a Lawyer to File for Unemployment Benefits?

Partial Unemployment Benefits During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak

Partial Unemployment benefits

Terminations, Layoffs, RFI's, and Furlough

Leaving Your Job: Layoffs, Furlough, and RFI's

Furloughs: What Are My Rights If My Employer Laid Me Off Temporarily or Cut My Hours?

Do Employees Have Any Protections From Being Laid Off?

Reduction-In-Force or Layoff: What Difference Does it Make?

Union Employees: Are You Protected From Layoffs?

Your Rights When You Leave a Job

State Layoff Laws and Protections

State Layoff Protections

Plant Closings

Layoffs and Plant Closings

State Laws on Plant Closings

Workers' Compensation

Can I Get Workers' Compensation Benefits for Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Can You Sue Your Employer If You Were Exposed to COVID-19 at Work?

How Can Healthcare Professionals Get Compensated for Contracting COVID-19 Due to Inadequate PPE in Medical Settings?

Workers' Comp: Can I Get Wage-Loss Benefits While in Quarantine for Coronavirus Exposure?

Workers' Compensation Benefits for Coronavirus

State Specific Articles on Workers' Comp Benefits

Injuries and Illnesses Covered by Workers' Compensation

FAQ on Workers' Compensation Claims and Benefits in California

What If I'm Injured While Working From Home During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Wage and Hour laws

Your Rights Under Wage and Hour laws

State Wage and Hour Laws

Unpaid Wages: Do You Need a Lawyer?

Your Right to Time Off Work During the Coronavirus

Emergency Coronavirus Law Provides Paid Sick Leave and Expands FMLA Rights

State Laws Protecting Your Right to Time Off Work

State Laws Protecting Your Right to Time Off Work

State Family and Medical Leave Laws

State Laws on Paid Sick Leave

Were You Fired Illegally?

Fired During the Coronavirus Pandemic: Was I Wrongfully Terminated?

Wrongful Termination

Wrongful Termination: Was Your Firing Illegal?

Damages in a Wrongful Termination Case

Wrongful Termination: Retaliation & Whistleblowing

What Will It Cost to Hire a Lawyer for Your Wrongful Termination Case?


For Employers

The coronavirus (COVID-19) has had a major impact on every business and industry around the globe in expected and unexpected ways. Read below to learn how to adapt to the current national crisis, and manage your business, employees, and possible layoffs during the coronavirus outbreak.

Coronavirus: A Guide for Employers

Enforcement of Business Closure Orders During the Coronavirus Outbreak

Coronavirus-Related Amendments to Your Commercial Lease

Managing Your Employees During the Coronavirus Outbreak

Making Layoff Decisions

Illegal Reasons for Firing Employees

Keeping Your Remaining Employees After Layoffs

Managing Your Business Finances During the Coronavirus Outbreak

How to Cut Costs and Spend Less in a Cash-Strapped Business




Business and Taxes

The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is wreaking havoc on just about every aspect of peoples’ lives, including work, business operations, personal finances, and more. Below you will find updates on government responses to the COVID-19 crisis--like the IRS extending income tax payment deadlines--and general information to help you through this crisis. Whether you own a business, are an independent contractor, or have general questions or concerns on things like deducting stock losses, we will provide information and legal updates to help keep you informed.

Taxes

The CARES Act

What to Do If You Haven't Received Your Stimulus Check or It's for the Wrong Amount

CARES Act: Learn About the Key New Tax Provisions

Retirement Tax Changes in the Cares Act

New Rules for Charitable Contribution Deductions Under the CARES Act

Personal and Business Tax Deductions

Employer Reimbursement and Deduction Options for Out-of-Pocket Medical Expenses Related to COVID-19

Deducting Business Losses Related to the Coronavirus Outbreak

How to Claim a Tax Deduction for Stock Losses

Special Tax Deduction for Employer Disaster Relief Payments to Employees

Paying Taxes

IRS Makes Changes to Estimated Taxes for the Self-Employed in Response to Coronavirus

IRS Eases Enforcement Efforts During Coronavirus Pandemic

IRS Extends 2019 Income Tax Payment Deadline in Response to Coronavirus

File a Superseding Tax Return to Get a Refund for Estimated Tax Overpayments

Business

Relief for Small Businesses

What Assistance is Available for My Small Business Shut Down by the Coronavirus Pandemic?

The CARES Act: Emergency Financial Relief Through SBA Loan Programs

The Advantages of Employee Retention Credit Versus PPP Loans

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

Does My Business Qualify for a PPP Loan?

How Much Money Can Your Business Get From the Paycheck Protection Program?

How Paycheck Protection Program's Loan Forgiveness Works

A Borrower's Guide to the PPP Loan Forgiveness Application

House Approves New PPP Loan Forgiveness Rules

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Gets $310 Billion Second Round Funding

Contracts

Coronavirus and Business Contracts: When Performance Becomes Impossible or Impracticable

Force Majeure Contract Provisions During the Coronavirus Outbreak

How to Negotiate a Force Majeure Clause in Your Contract

Business Interruption Insurance Disputes During Coronavirus Outbreak

Managing Your Business During the Outbreak

Small Business Owner's Survival Guide During COVID-19

What Businesses Qualify as an "Essential Service" During the Coronavirus Outbreak

How to Get Health Insurance Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) During the Coronavirus Outbreak

How Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Can Help Small Businesses During Coronavirus Outbreak

What Happens When Your Event is Cancelled Due to Coronavirus

Short-Term Disability for Business Owners Affected by COVID-19

Coronavirus-Related Amendments to Your Commercial Lease

AirBNB and the Coronavirus Outbreak

Preparing Your Business to Reopen After Coronavirus Outbreak

Steps to Close Your Business During the Coronaviurs Outbreak

Independent Contractors

Relief Available to Independent Contractors During Coronavirus Outbreak

Can I Get Unemployment If I Am an Independent Contractor?

Starting a Business

Benefits of Starting an LLC During the Coronavirus Outbreak


Disability

In response to COVID-19, states are changing their short-term disability programs and Social Security has changed the way it's handling applications and appeals. Find out how to keep your claim on track.

Stimulus for Disability Recipients: When to Use the IRS's Non-Filer Page and Get My Payment Tool

Are Workers Laid Off During the COVID-19 Outbreak Eligible for Disability?

Get Help With Social Security Disability Claims During the Coronavirus Outbreak

Getting California Short-Term Disability Benefits During the Coronavirus Outbreak

How COVID-19 and School Closures Affect Special Education and Children With IEPs

Video Mediation During the Coronavirus Pandemic: How Online Dispute Resolution Works


Evictions and Landlord-Tenant Law

The economic impact of COVID-19 has been extreme for so many Americans, tenants among them. People who are renting want to know what their rights are and whether any relief is available in light of the coronavirus (it is). At the same time, many landlords face financial stress as well, and also need to know what their rights and options are. See below for information on these critical issues. 

COVID-19: Eviction Bans by State

Emergency Bans on Evictions and Other Tenant Protections Related to Coronavirus

Coronavirus-Related Eviction Bans and Tenant Resources In Florida

Coronavirus-Related Eviction Bans and Tenant Resources In New York

Coronavirus-Related Eviction Bans and Tenant Resources In Ohio

Coronavirus-Related Eviction Bans and Tenant Resources In Texas

Information for Landlords

Evicting a Tenant or Ending a Lease

How to Evict a Tenant by State

Coronavirus-Related Amendments to Your Residential Lease

Form: Coronavirus-Related Amendment to Residential Lease

How to Conduct California HOA Board Meetings Safely During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Information for Renters and Tenants

Statewide Rent Control Has Arrived: California’s Tenant Protection Act of 2019

Emergency Bans on Evictions and Other Tenant Protections Related to Coronavirus

How Evictions Work: What Renters Need to Know

How Renters Can Protect Their Credit If They Can't Pay Rent Due to the Coronavirus Crisis

Problems With Neighbors While Social Distancing: Practical Guidelines For Landlords, Homeowners, and Tenants


Foreclosures

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the federal government, as well as and some states, counties, and courts, have imposed a foreclosure moratorium—a temporary halt to the initiation or continuation of foreclosure procedures—for specific kinds of loans and in particular areas of the country. 

Also, if the coronavirus outbreak has impacted your ability to make mortgage payments, you might qualify short-term payment relief, like a forbearance or a waiver of late fees, or a more permanent solution, like a loan modification. Learn more about whether you’re protected from foreclosure due to a moratorium, and how to apply for mortgage relief, here.

Foreclosure Moratoriums and Mortgage Relief Options During the Coronavirus

Coronavirus: Foreclosure Relief

Mortgage Payment Deferral for Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae Mortgages

Do I Have to Make a Lump-Sum Forbearance Payment When My CARES Act Forbearance Ends?

Mortgage Help During the Coronavirus Crisis for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Loans

What You Should Do If Your Foreclosure Continues During a Moratorium During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Getting Mortgage Relief During the Coronavirus Outbreak If You Have a FHA Loan

Coronavirus: Mortgage Relief If You Have an FHA-Insured Loan

Coronavirus Mortgage and Foreclosure Relief Under the Federal CARES Act

Mortgage-Payment Relief and Foreclosure Protections In California for Homeowners Affected By Coronavirus

Moratorium on Reverse Mortgage Foreclosures Due to Coronavirus Outbreak

What Happens to Court Deadlines and Statutes of Limitations During the Coronavirus Outbreak?

Foreclosures During The Coronavirus Outbreak

How to Find, Hire, and Communicate With a Foreclosure Lawyer During the Coronavirus Crisis

Beware of Foreclosure Rescue Scams During the Coronavirus Crisis

How the Coronavirus Outbreak Is Affecting Property Taxes, Tax Sales, and Tax Foreclosures

Do I Have to Make Escrow Payments If I'm in a CARES Act Forbearance?

Foreclosure Basics

Foreclosure: Basics

Your Rights in a Foreclosure

State Foreclosure Relief and Laws

State Foreclosure Laws

South Carolina Foreclosure Procedures Now Require a CARES Act Certification

Mortgage-Payment Relief for District of Columbia Homeowners Affected By Coronavirus

Alaska Passes New Law Prohibiting Foreclosures During the Coronavirus Crisis

Foreclosure Protections and Mortgage-Payment Relief for Homeowners In Arizona Affected By Coronavirus

Mortgage-Payment Relief and Foreclosure Protections In California for Homeowners Affected By Coronavirus

California Judicial Council Approves Rules Suspending Judicial Foreclosure Proceedings Due to Coronavirus

Mortgage-Payment Relief and Foreclosure Protections for Connecticut Homeowners Affected By Coronavirus

Massachusetts Legislature Passes a Bill Prohibiting Foreclosures During the Coronavirus Crisis

Coronavirus Foreclosure Protections and Mortgage-Payment Relief for Michigan Homeowners

Foreclosure Protections and Mortgage-Payment Relief for Homeowners In Rhode Island Affected By Coronavirus

Vermont Passes New Law Prohibiting Foreclosures During the Coronavirus Crisis

Virginia Passes New Law Prohibiting Foreclosures During the Coronavirus Crisis


Debt Management and Bankruptcy

While each day of a pandemic or national emergency brings with it unpredictable events, the financial hurdles most people face are surprisingly universal. Find out how planning for both best-case and worst-case scenarios will help you make sound decisions for you and your family. 

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

How Much Will My COVID-19 Stimulus Check Be, and Am I Eligible?

Student Loan Relief Under the Federal CARES Act

Credit Protections Under the Coronavirus CARES Act

How to Identify and Avoid Coronavirus Scams

Managing Debt in a Crisis

Coronavirus: Dealing With Debt

Dealing With Loans and Credit Card Debt You Can't Pay After COVID-19

How to Manage Your Credit During the Coronavirus Outbreak

Debt Management

How Renters Can Protect Their Credit If They Can't Pay Rent Due to the Coronavirus Crisis

Managing Your Mortgage During the Coronavirus Outbreak

Mortgage Payment Relief During the Coronavirus Outbreak

Coronavirus: Mortgage Relief If You Have a Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac Loan

Coronavirus Mortgage and Foreclosure Relief Under the Federal CARES Act

DeVos and Department of Education Sued for Garnishing Wages During COVID-19 Pandemic

Private Student Loan Relief During the Coronavirus Outbreak in the District of Columbia

Managing Student Loans During the Coronavirus Outbreak

Private Student Loan Relief Announced for Borrowers in Multiple States During the Coronavirus Outbreak

Relief for Private Student Loans During the Coronavirus Crisis

How to Manage Your Federal Student Loans During the Coronavirus Outbreak

U.S. Department of Education Stops Collection Actions, Wage Garnishments, and Treasury Offsets for Federal Student Loans

Private Student Loan Relief Announced for Borrowers in New York During the Coronavirus Outbreak

Bankruptcy During The Coronavirus Pandemic

Protecting Your CARES Act Stimulus Check From Debt Collectors and Bankruptcy

What to Do If You Can’t Pay Bills Due to the Coronavirus

How to Protect Your CARES Act Stimulus Check and Bank Accounts in California

Laid Off Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19)? Bankruptcy Can Help.

Can I File for Bankruptcy If I Can't Leave the House Due to Coronavirus?

CARES Act: Filers Must Use New Official Bankruptcy Forms

Bankruptcy Procedures Change Due to Coronavirus Outbreak

Coronavirus Pushes Back Deadline for Bankruptcy Filers to Get REAL ID

CARES Act Stimulus Payments Don’t Affect Bankruptcy Qualification

In-Person 341 Meetings Forbidden in Bankruptcy During Coronavirus Outbreak

Small Business Bankruptcy and Relief Options During the Coronavirus

Choosing the Right Small Business Bankruptcy Option During the Coronavirus Outbreak

How Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Can Help Small Businesses During Coronavirus Outbreak

Small Business Closed Due to Coronavirus? How Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Can Help.

Why Most Small Businesses Won't File for Chapter 7 During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Save Your Business During the Coronavirus Outbreak by Filing Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Personally

State Bankruptcy Court Closures

California Northern District Bankruptcy Court Closes Physical Location Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Washington Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District Closes Physical Locations Due to Coronavirus

New Jersey Bankruptcy Court Closes Physical Locations Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Florida Southern District Bankruptcy Court Closes Physical Locations Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

North Carolina Middle District Bankruptcy Court Closes Physical Locations Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19)


Personal Injury & Medical Malpractice

The fallout from the coronavirus has reached all corners of the legal system, including personal injury and medical malpractice cases. What happens to cases that were in progress? What are the rules for the cases that emerge in the midst of the pandemic?

Coronavirus: Can I Be Liable for Getting Someone Else Sick?

How Might Coronavirus Affect Your Personal Injury Case?

States Allow Doctors to Practice Across State Lines During COVID-19 Crisis

Coronavirus Outbreak: What Can I Do With My Car Insurance?

Will Medical Workers' Families Have Wrongful Death Claims for Lack of PPE?


Immigration

Whether you're a U.S. citizen abroad or an immigrant hoping to come to the United States, you'll want to keep track of any new restrictions and daily changes in U.S. government policies and procedures.

Navigating the U.S. Immigration System During Coronavirus Outbreak

How Health Issues Can Make You Inadmissible to the U.S.

Can You Get a U.S. Green Card or Visa During Coronavirus Outbreak?

Granted a Temporary Visa Before Coronavirus Outbreak, Can I Still Come to the U.S.?

Now, During COVID-19, Is Not the Time to Get a U.S. Passport, Unless You Can Prove an Emergency Need

Before Going to Any Immigration Appointment, Check for COVID-19 Closures of Both U.S. Consulates and USCIS Offices

Received RFE, NOID, or NOIS From USCIS in March 2020? You Might Have Extra Time to Reply

Reentry Issues for Green Card Holders Stuck Outside the U.S. During COVID-19

Traveling to the U.S.

Coronavirus Travel Ban: Who is Blocked From Entering the U.S.?

What If My U.S. Visa Will Expire Before COVID-19 Travel Ban Lifts?

At the U.S. Border or Airport During COVID-19 Pandemic: What to Expect When Entering

Ban Imposed on Travelers From Europe Due to Coronavirus Threat

Temporary Ban and Quarantine Affects Travel to the U.S. From China, Due to Coronavirus

Trump Expands Ban on Entry Due to Coronavirus to U.S. to Travelers From Iran

H-1B Visa Holders

H-1B Employers and Coronavirus: Obligations Your Business May Have to Workers

How H-1B Workers Can Maintain Legal Status During Coronavirus Pandemic

How Long an H-1B Worker Can Stay in the United States

Just Got Laid Off From H-1B Job—Do I Have Any Grace Period or Can I Get Another Visa to Jobhunt?

Public Benefits for Immigrants and the Public Charge Rule

Can Temporary (Nonimmigrant) Workers Qualify for Unemployment Benefits?

Are Immigrants Eligible for Coronavirus Stimulus Checks?

Which Immigrant Workers Qualify for Unemployment Under the CARES Act?

Will Collecting Unemployment During Coronavirus Outbreak Make Me a Public Charge?

What Public Benefits Can a Green Card Holder Receive?


Criminal Law

The U.S. Constitution and state constitutions protect citizens' fundamental rights--the right to travel, the right to due process, and the right to a fair trial, among others. How will emergency police powers (such as curfews and quarantines) and court closings impact these rights?

Emergency Powers and Citizen Rights During the Coronavirus Public Health Crisis

Coronavirus (COVID-19), Disasters, Emergencies, and Criminal Price Gouging in California

Is Violating a Shelter-in-Place Order a Crime?

Criminal Courts and Procedures

How Is the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Impacting Criminal Cases?

Impact of Coronavirus Outbreak on Jails

Impact of Coronavirus Outbreak on Prisons

Resources for Domestic Violence Victims During COVID-19 Shelter-in-Place Orders

How Every State's Legal System Is Responding to COVID-19

Dealing With Court Fines and Fees During the Coronavirus Pandemic


Driving Laws

Can I Still Renew My License or Registration at the DMV During Coronavirus Shutdowns? | DrivingLaws.org

How Traffic Courts Are Operating During the Coronavirus Outbreak | DrivingLaws.org

Coronavirus-Related Driving Restrictions | DrivingLaws.org

Can Police Pull Me Over for Violating a Coronavirus Stay-at-Home Order? | DrivingLaws.org


Family Law and Divorce

The global Coronavirus pandemic is upending every aspect of our lives. To reduce the spread of this virus, local and state governments are ordering businesses and courts to close, and asking people to stay home and practice social distancing. How will the social and economic impacts of this pandemic affect family law issues, such as divorce cases, custody arrangements, and support orders?

How to Handle Child Custody and Visitation During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Modifying Child Support During the Coronavirus Outbreak

Divorce and Dividing Property During the Coronavirus Outbreak

How Family Law Attorneys and Courts are Operating During the Coronavirus Outbreak

California Allows You to Get Married Online During COVID-19 Outbreak


Real Estate

All markets are being affected by the pandemic, and real estate is no exception. Learn more about what to consider regarding buying, selling, or owning a home during this unstable time.

Can You Buy a House During Coronavirus Pandemic?

Selling a House During Coronavirus Pandemic

Is Now a Good Time to Refinance My Home Mortgage?

Problems With Neighbors While Social Distancing: Practical Guidelines For Landlords, Homeowners, and Tenants


Estate Planning

In the face of coronavirus uncertainty, wills, powers of attorney, living wills, and other documents can help you be prepared for the unexpected. Social distancing and commerce restrictions may complicate finalizing some of these documents, but there’s still a lot you can do—even from quarantine-- to safeguard your assets, protect your family, and explain your final wishes.

Estate Planning and Coronavirus (COVID-19): Crisis Planning from Home

Using WillMaker During the Coronavirus Outbreak

How the Coronavirus Pandemic May Affect DNR Orders

Coronavirus Preparation: Now is the Time to Make a Living Will & Medical Power of Attorney

Notarizing and Witnessing Legal Documents During the Coronavirus Crisis

Creating a Financial Power of Attorney While in Coronavirus Quarantine


Social Security and Retirement

New Retirement Rules for COVID-19 Relief


Nonprofit

Nonprofits and COVID-19: New Tax Credits and Loan Programs Offer Assistance

Should Nonprofits Pay State Unemployment Tax or Self-Insure in the Time of COVID-19?


Consumer Protection

Child Care Shutdown for Coronavirus: Do I Still Have to Pay?

Do I Have to Pay Gym Membership While My Gym Is Temporarily Closed?

Beware of Foreclosure Rescue Scams During the Coronavirus Crisis

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