Federal Resources

Stimulus Check Information Center (Internal Revenue Service)

Check if you are eligible for a stimulus check from the federal government, how much you will receive and when it is expected to arrive!

AFSCME Fact Sheet: Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201) 

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act was signed into law on March 18. This law is urgently needed to help communities respond to and weather the disruption from COVID-19, but it is not a complete response to help working families. The link above provides highlights of key provisions in the law - and some of its limits.

CARES Act: Summary of Relevant AFSCME-Related Provisions

Provides $150 billion for state and local governments, allows for deferred payments of federal student loans and accrued interest, provides an extra $600/week for those collecting unemployment insurance benefits, and more! 

AFSCME Fact Sheet: New Recovery Payments for Individuals

The CARES Act, passed in response to the coronavirus crisis, directs the federal government to make a one-time payment to most individuals. This fact sheet provides an overview of these recovery payments. 

New Unemployment Benefits Mandated by Congress Provide Extra Support to Workers Affected by COVID-19

Provides an estimated $250 billion in expanded unemployment benefits to millions of workers who face job loss or a reduction of work hours due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This fact sheet provides an overview of these benefits.

COVID-19: Changes to HRA, HSA, and FSA Rules

New Leave Requirements Mandated by Congress for COVID-19

A new federal law enacted in response to the coronavirus crisis creates a temporary right to paid leave. This fact sheet provides an overview of the rights and requirements in this new federal law. Public employees must seek information specific to their agency and workplace for your exact situation (more below).

COVID-19 Stimulus Bill: What It Means for States

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) provides an estimated $2 trillion stimulus package to battle the harmful effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Find a few highlights of what's included in the package at the link above.

OSHA: Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19

To reduce the impact of COVID-19 outbreak conditions on businesses, workers, customers, and the public, it is important for all employers to plan now for COVID-19. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) developed this COVID-19 planning guidance, focusing on the need for employers to implement engineering, administrative, and work practice controls and personal protective equipment
(PPE), as well as considerations for doing so.

AFSCME: Interim Guidance on COVID-19 for Corrections Officers

SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19 disease) poses a significant risk to correctional officers and staff working in secured facilities (jails, prisons and detention centers) throughout the country. This interim guidance from AFSCME intended to help corrections officers protect themselves and their families.