Authors: Timo Rehbock and Christian Exner

Firm: Barnes & Thornburg LLP is a national, full-service law firm representing clients ranging from Fortune 500 corporations to entrepreneurial growth companies. (Website; LinkedIn Profile)



The United States of America is a union of 50 states with a governmental structure established by the Constitution of 1789. The 50 states have significant independence. The Constitution enumerates the areas of the law in which the federal legislative branch can legislate. All other areas of law are reserved for the states. Consequently, in many areas of the law, both federal and state laws need to be considered. This is also true particularly for legislation adopted in reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The remedial measures taken to help manage the economic fallout from the pandemic include, but are not limited to, financial assistance for businesses in the form of loans (e.g. the Paycheck Protection Program and the Main Street Loan Programs), stimulus payments to individuals, additional rights of employees (e.g. extension of unemployment benefits; emergency paid sick leave; emergency family and medical leave expansion); extension of unemployment benefits to independent contractors and other workers who are ordinarily ineligible for unemployment benefits; closure of non-essential businesses, stay-at-home orders, and travel restrictions.


Barnes & Thornburg has been actively monitoring legislative, regulatory, and executive developments occurring in response to the COVID-19 pandemic at both the federal and state levels. As a service to clients and other business relations, Barnes & Thornburg has launched the COVID-19 Tracker. It includes summaries of the latest developments, a downloadable user guide, and links to additional public resources for more information via a:

  • State Legislation Dashboard

  • Federal Legislation Dashboard

  • Federal and State Regulations/Executive Orders Dashboard

Additional resources regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, including alerts, blogs and webinars, can be found on Barnes & Thornburg's COVID-19 Resources website.

The information on this page is intended for informational purposes only and shall not be construed as legal advice or a legal opinion of Barnes & Thornburg LLP. Online visitors should not take action upon this information without first seeking professional counsel.