June 2020

Enforcement Will Not Go by the Wayside During the Pandemic

While making sure to adhere to each state’s required tasks for reopening, employers must not forget to comply with discrimination laws and OSHA and EEOC guidance. Recent guidance and court decisions make clear that OSHA, the EEOC, and other enforcement a…

U.S Supreme Court Issues Landmark Decision on Discrimination in the Workplace for LGBTQ Workers

On June 15, 2020, the United States Supreme Court issued an opinion in Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia holding that Title VII of the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits firing an employee simply because the individual is gay or transgender.The 6-…

May 2020

Reopening Massachusetts — A Four-Phased Approach

On May 18, 2020, Governor Baker released a Reopening Massachusetts Report along with an executive order implementing a four-phased reopening plan.Each phase will last a minimum of three weeks and could last longer before moving to the next phase. Additiona…

April 2020

CDC Adds Six New Symptoms to its COVID-19 List

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) added six new symptoms to its existing list of symptoms for COVID-19 yesterday.  Employers need to be aware of these new symptoms and update their policies, procedures, and employee information (e.g. ha…

Preparing for Returns to Work and Workplace Reopenings: Considerations for Employers

On April 16, 2020, President Trump announced the “Opening Up America Again” plan, the three-phased plan for state and local authorities to follow when reopening their economies. The plan provides guidelines. It is not an order so state governors retain…

New Paycheck Protection Program Rules for Self-Employed Individuals; SBA Announces No More New PPP or EIDL Applications Due to Exhaustion of Funding

UPDATE – On April 16, 2020, the Small Business Administration (“SBA”) announced it is unable to accept new applications for the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) and Economic Injury Disaster Loan (“EIDL”) COVID-19 program (including emergen…