Tennessee Association of Utility Districts
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April 9, 2020

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TAUD COVID-19 UPDATE: CARES Act – Expansion of Unemployment Compensation Benefits


The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act” or “the Act”) was signed into law on March 27, 2020. The CARES Act is massive. The Act itself is 880 pages long. The Act authorizes more than $2.2 trillion to fund numerous grants and loans and to provide other financing to support individuals, businesses and state and local governments from the economic fallout caused by the coronavirus crisis.

Many of the provisions of the CARES Act do not apply to utility districts, utility authorities, and municipal and county utility systems (utilities). The Act does include provisions increasing and expanding unemployment insurance benefits available to workers, including individuals who are unemployed, partially unemployed, or unable to work due to COVID-19 which do apply to utility employers. Hopefully, utilities will not have to lay off a significant number of employees in the coming months. This Update will describe these expanded unemployment insurance benefits for any employees which may be laid off. The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce (the Department) is continuing to receive guidance from the United States Department of Labor to how to administer the new benefits so a potential for some changes described in this Update may exist.

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Tennessee Association of Utility Districts
840 Commercial Court
Murfreesboro, TN 37133
Phone: 615.896.9022
Email: [email protected]
Web: https://www.taud.org