Our pro bono team of attorneys and staff are working actively to craft resources to support the community on legal issues that arise during the COVID-19 pandemic. Included on this page are resources and FAQ documents related to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which was passed by Congress on 27 March 2020. There are resources for both nonprofits on the economic relief packages, as well as details on the economic impact payments and access for homeless youth. This page will be updated with new FAQ and related documents as new programs become available.
The Wealth Management Team has prepared pamphlets and forms to be provided to frontline workers in the healthcare and other essential industries offering straightforward information on steps they can take to protect their families in case they become ill and are unable to make important decisions. Given that this area of the law is state specific, the team has so far created pamphlets and forms for residents of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Florida. The plan is to extend this to Texas, Illinois and California. We will update this site as it becomes available. The pamphlets and accompanying forms provide easy instructions and forms for self-preparing and executing Living Wills, Healthcare Proxies, Powers of Attorney and Designations of Guardians for minor children. The inspiration behind this program is the desire to acknowledge the urgent nature of our current situation. The most effective way to do this is to provide these critical workers with the ability to easily put these important documents together on their own.
New JerseyKey Legal Information that New Jersey Health Workers Need to Know to Protect Themselves and Their Families: A Free Informative Guide
* Fillable forms to come
* A special thanks to Lizbeth Rivera and Kait Moat for their assistance on this project. If you would like to contribute or collaborate in any way, please do not hesitate to contact Lizbeth, Kait or any other professional team member listed on the right panel.
Small Business Administration Paycheck Protection Program
The Small Business Administration (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) opened 3 April, offering funds for nonprofits and small businesses struggling in the coronavirus epidemic. The money is to pay staff and operating costs for up to 2½ months.*
* Updated as of 27 April 2020
Employee Retention Credit (Credit) and Employer Payroll Taxes Deferral (Deferral) Provisions
The Credit under the CARES Act provides eligible employers a refundable tax credit equaling 50% of the first USD 10,000 in qualified wages paid to an employee. The Deferral under the CARES Act allows employers to defer payment of the employer share of social security taxes.
Economic Impact Payments (5.5.20)
Cash payments of up to USD 1200 for those that qualify.
Homeless Youth Handbook: Updated with COVID-19 Resources
A state-by-state legal rights and resource guide for homeless youth seeking answers to pressing legal questions.
Legal Protections for Employees During COVID-19
This material offers legal information about your rights during the COVID-19 pandemic, specifically regarding your right to work, paid sick leave, medical leave, unemployment insurance, workers’ compensation, or disability benefits.