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 Labor’s Wage and Hour Division released a Field Assistance Bulletin providing guidance on when an employee qualifies to take paid leave under the FFCRA to care for a child due to the closure of a summer camp, summer enrichment program or other summer programming due to COVID-19. Then on June 30, Governor Baker updated his travel advisory relaxing the 14-day quarantine period for travel to and from some neighboring states but leaving it in place for the others. This week’s Advisor addresses both of these issues.
Also this past week, we got a sneak peek at what next school year may look like and we are sharing a summary of DESE Initial Reopening Guidance.