CARES Act Offers Small Businesses Relief Through Paycheck Protection Program

On the evening of March 25, 2020, the Senate approved the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act legislation (CARES Act), providing over $2 trillion of relief designed to ease some of the economic hardship caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. This legislation still requires approval from both the House and president, which is expected over the next few days. The relief package is the largest in history and includes relief for businesses and individuals.

This Alert highlights the small-business section of the CARES Act and the creation of the Paycheck Protection Program, which provides cash flow and liquidity through loan opportunities for small businesses, sole proprietors and independent contractors across various industries. Additional detail will be provided as the Small Business Administration drafts implementing regulations, which is required to occur within 15 days once the CARES Act becomes effective.

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