Labor Cost Reduction Options for Employers in a Distressed Economy: The CARES Act and Other Considerations
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”), which was enacted on March 27, 2020, created new programs and expanded existing programs in ways that significantly affect the options for employers. This alert identifies key aspects of the CARES Act that can affect employers’ decisions in managing payroll costs during this challenging period. This alert also reviews other considerations for employers, including federal and state plant closing laws and Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) requirements. This alert focuses on considerations based on federal law and the laws of California, Massachusetts and New York.