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Governor to Detail Re-Opening Plan; Manufacturing, Construction to Get Green Light

Economy HR & Employment Law News | May 15, 2020

The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. That’s what Massachusetts employers can expect today as Governor Charlie Baker announces details of a four-stage re-opening plan designed to allow the economy to get back up and running after the COVID-19 shutdown. The Baker Administration has been circumspect about what the governor will […]

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Help Former Employees Avoid Unemployment Insurance Scams

HR & Employment Law | April 21, 2020

It was probably only a matter of time before criminals began to sniff out opportunities to exploit unemployed workers as they apply for their regular and federally enhanced unemployment insurance (UI) benefits. Individual UI claimants and their employers need to be aware that UI claimant personal information may be used fraudulently. The US Department of […]

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State Begins Accepting Unemployment Claims from Gig Workers

Budget, Tax, & Finance Economy HR & Employment Law News | April 20, 2020

The Executive Office of Labor & Workforce Development (EOLWD) announced that claimants were able to file for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) beginning at 8:30 am today. PUA claimants can apply here.  The PUA is a program open to the following individuals: Self-employed individuals, including “gig” workers, freelancers, and independent contractors Those seeking part-time employment Claimants […]

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Surge of 1099 Jobless Filings Poses Risk for Employers

Budget, Tax, & Finance Economy HR & Employment Law International | April 15, 2020

An expected surge of unemployment insurance applications from independent contractors poses a significant legal threat to employers in Massachusetts and elsewhere. The federal CARES Act extends pandemic unemployment insurance benefits for the first time to independent contractors whose work has ceased or been substantially reduced by COVID-19. The problem, according to experts, is that many […]

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State Announces Implementation of Unemployment Benefits from Federal CARES Act

Economy HR & Employment Law News | April 9, 2020

The Baker Administration today announced details for the initial implementation of federal unemployment benefits in the CARES Act, the federal based COVID-19 relief package. The CARES Act, enacted on March 27, will be administered by states. Today’s announcement reflects the first set of partial guidance that Massachusetts will immediately implement to support unemployed workers. The […]

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State Issues Guidance on Private Options for Paid Leave

HR & Employment Law News | April 9, 2020

It’s easy to forget amid the upheaval of the COVID-19 crisis that Massachusetts remains on target to begin its paid family and medical leave (PFML) program on January 1, 2021. Among the uncertainties for employers has been the process of opting out of the state system and covering their family and medical leave obligations through […]

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COVID-19 News and Updates

Economy Health Care Costs HR & Employment Law News | March 13, 2020

State and federal governments continue to pass measures and issue orders to address the medical and economic fallout from the COVID-19 issue. Here is a summary for employers. May 23, 2020 Unemployment Surges State House News Service: The statewide unemployment rate surged to 15.1 percent in April as the COVID-19 pandemic and the public shutdowns […]

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A Model Policy for the New Distracted-Driving Law

HR & Employment Law News | February 20, 2020

Gov. Charlie Baker signed An Act Requiring the Hands-Free Use of Mobile Telephones While Driving on November 25. The law takes effect 90 days from the date of the governor’s signature. The law may have a significant impact on companies with employees who are on the road with a need to communicate with the home office or […]

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Leaders Agree to Delay Start of Paid Leave Assessments

HR & Employment Law News | June 11, 2019

Governor Charlie Baker on Thursday signed legislation that will extend by three months the July 1 starting date for contributions to the new Massachusetts paid family and medical leave program. Baker, along with House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Senate President Karen Spilka, had committed to a delay on Tuesday.

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Video Blog: Attorney General Healey Addresses Business Community

Health Care Costs HR & Employment Law News | May 31, 2019

Attorney General Maura Healey told more than 800 business leaders at the AIM Annual Meeting May 17 that she looks forward to collaborating with employers on key issues such as education, substance abuse, health care and clean energy. Watch her remarks here.

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