The Small Business Administration and Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance Issue Guidances Addressing an Employer’s Options When an Employee Refuses to Return to Work

2020-05-15T20:55:24+00:00 May 15th, 2020|Categories: COVID-19, Human Resources Compliance, Julie M. Muller, Kathleen O'Toole, Labor Law & NLRB, Laws & Regulations|Tags: , , , , , |

With Governor Baker’s announcement earlier this week of the Commonwealth’s four-phase approach to re-opening businesses, many employers are turning their attention and making plans to re-open their workplaces and re-hire employees who were laid off or furloughed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The four-phase approach is a gradual process to

Updated: The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Issues New Guidance Labeling COVID-19 a “Direct Threat” Under the ADA, and Granting Employers Greater Flexibility to Maintain the Safety of Their Workplace

2020-04-13T22:10:23+00:00 April 13th, 2020|Categories: COVID-19, Disability, Human Resources Compliance, Julie M. Muller, Kathleen O'Toole, Laws & Regulations|Tags: , , , , , , |

[This is an update to our March 27 post, which can be read here.] On March 18, 2020, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) updated its guidance titled Pandemic Preparedness in the Workplace and the Americans With Disabilities Act to account for the novel issues employers face in the wake

Some Relief in the Pipeline for Mid-Sized Businesses Under the CARES Act

2020-04-08T18:24:05+00:00 April 8th, 2020|Categories: COVID-19, Human Resources Compliance, Julie M. Muller, Kathleen O'Toole, Laws & Regulations|Tags: , , , , , |

Much of the focus of the media coverage on the recently passed CARES Act concerns the loan provisions for small businesses through the Paycheck Protection Program.  However, there are some benefits in the Act for mid-sized businesses (500 to 10,000 employees) outlined in Section 4003(c)(3)(D). 

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Issues New Guidance Labeling COVID-19 A “Direct Threat” Under The ADA, And Granting Employers Greater Flexibility To Maintain The Safety Of Their Workplace

2020-03-27T12:39:09+00:00 March 27th, 2020|Categories: COVID-19, Disability, Human Resources Compliance, Julie M. Muller, Kathleen O'Toole, Laws & Regulations|Tags: , , , , , , |

On March 18, 2020, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) updated its guidance titled Pandemic Preparedness in the Workplace and the Americans With Disabilities Act to account for the novel issues employers face in the wake of COVID-19.  The guidance, originally written in response to the 2009 H1N1 outbreak, provides

Key Takeaways For Employers From the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

2020-03-23T21:54:03+00:00 March 23rd, 2020|Categories: FMLA, Human Resources Compliance, Julie M. Muller, Kathleen O'Toole|Tags: , , , , , |

On March 18, 2020, President Trump signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) into law in response to the public health emergency caused by COVID-19.  This is a sweeping legislation that has an immediate impact on millions of employees and employers.  The FFCRA is divided into eight sections (Divisions

Board Members and Investors Not Subject to Personal Liability Under Massachusetts Wage Act

2018-02-07T17:23:04+00:00 February 7th, 2018|Categories: Alexis P. Theriault, Julie M. Muller, Laws & Regulations, Wage & Hour|

In the last days of 2017, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (“SJC”) gave board members and investors of corporations and LLCs some cause for celebration. In Segal v. Genitrix, LLC, SJC-12291 (Mass. Dec. 28, 2017), the Court held that board members and investors cannot be held personally liable for their