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

COVID-19 Legal Update, March 26, 2020

2020-03-26T20:16:41+00:00 March 26th, 2020|Categories: COVID-19, Human Resources Compliance, Kathleen O'Toole|Tags: , , , , , |

The legal landscape, as related to COVID-19, is changing on a daily basis, and we want to keep you up to date on changes that will have an impact on your business.  Below is a quick overview of the most recently posted resources, and key updates. New Guidance Released that Changes Effective Date from

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

The Amended Massachusetts Equal Pay Act Goes Into Effect on July 1, 2018. Is Your Business Prepared?

2018-06-26T20:20:04+00:00 June 26th, 2018|Categories: Human Resources Compliance, Kathleen O'Toole, Laws & Regulations, Wage & Hour|

The Amended Massachusetts Equal Pay Act (“MEPA”) will become effective in less than one week, on July 1, 2018. MEPA was a landmark pay equity law that inspired dozens of states, cities, and even private companies to require and to make similar changes with the goal of reducing and eliminating

Preparing for the Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act — Effective April 1, 2018

2018-03-19T16:16:42+00:00 March 19th, 2018|Categories: Accommodation of an Employee’s Pregnancy, Human Resources Compliance, Kathleen O'Toole, Laws & Regulations, PWFA|

The Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (the “Act”) goes into effect on April 1, 2018 and has immediate implications for all Massachusetts employers who employ six or more employees. Broadly speaking, the Act amends the current statute prohibiting discrimination in employment, G.L. c. 151B, §4, and prohibits discrimination on the

Load More Posts