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Governor Baker Announces Mandatory Quarantine for those Entering State

Earlier today Gov. Charlie Baker established a new mandatory 14-day quarantine for travelers arriving in Massachusetts or returning to the state from anywhere except lower risk states. The new order, effective August 1, is the first time the Baker administration has included an enforcement mechanism for the state's long-standing traveler quarantine requirements. The mandatory quarantine [...]

2020-07-24T12:49:04-04:00July 24th, 2020|Categories: Blog, COVID-19, Employment|Tags: , , , |

COVID-19 Client Advisor (July 1, 2020)

We have been hearing from a number of clients who are facing new challenges related to employee travel/vacations and an increase in requests for FFCRA leave related to a lack of child care. If you have been focused on these issues as well, you are not alone. On June 26, 2020, the U.S. Department of [...]

FFCRA Leave Amid School and Camp Closures

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR ISSUES GUIDANCE ON CHILD LABOR; PAID SICK AND EXPANDED FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE AMID SCHOOL AND CAMP CLOSURES On June 26, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor issued two Field Assistance Bulletins to clarify issues relevant to the pandemic’s effects on the workplace. Of particular interest to employers is Field Assistance [...]

2020-07-01T01:45:21-04:00June 27th, 2020|Categories: Blog, COVID-19, Employment|Tags: , , , , , , |

COVID-19 Client Advisor (June 22, 2020)

This week’s advisor addresses the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision regarding Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and the right of gay and transgender people to be free from discrimination in the workplace, as well as the EEOC’s prohibition of antibody testing for employees returning to work and COVID-19 waivers and releases in the [...]

Civil Rights Act of 1964 Protects Gay and Transgender Workers

In a landmark opinion issued on June 15, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court in Bostock v. Clayton County, 590 U.S. __ (2020), addressed the question of whether sex discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 includes an employee’s sexual orientation and gender identity. In a 6-3 opinion, the majority concluded that [...]

2020-06-22T01:12:08-04:00June 20th, 2020|Categories: Blog, Employment|

COVID-19 Client Advisor (June 8, 2020)

As Massachusetts moves into Phase 2 of its reopening plan and details start to emerge about plans for reopening schools in the fall, we resume our weekly Advisors for clients and friends. This week we address some FAQs, OSHA COVID-19 reporting requirements, safety supplies for schools, and the recent passage of Chapter 92 of the [...]

2020-06-11T09:37:42-04:00June 8th, 2020|Categories: Blog, COVID-19, Employment|Tags: , , , , , |