Alerts & News

Massachusetts Extends COVID-19 Emergency Paid Sick Leave

Alerts & Advisories, Alerts & News, COVID-19 Resource Center, Legal Insights by Alicia Ward, Kathleen Berney, Mark Macchi, Peter Moser

On September 29, 2021, Governor Charlie Baker signed House Bill 4127 (Chapter 55 of the Acts of 2021). This emergency law extends the Massachusetts COVID-19 Emergency Paid Sick Leave program through April 1, 2022.  Effective October 1, 2021, in addition to the reasons employees were... MORE

New Guidelines on COVID-19 Vaccination and Other Safety Requirements for Federal Contractors and Subcontractors

Alerts & Advisories, Alerts & News, COVID-19 Resource Center, Legal Insights by Kathleen Berney, Peter Moser, Catherine Reuben

On September 24, 2021, the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force (the Task Force) released new guidance on COVID-19 workplace safety protocols for Federal contractors and subcontractors (the “Guidance”). Pursuant to the Guidance, Federal contractors and subcontractors with a covered contract will now be required to... MORE

Impending Sunset of ARPA’s COBRA Subsidy & Notice Requirements

Alerts & Advisories, Alerts & News, COVID-19 Resource Center, Legal Insights by Alicia Ward, Mark Macchi, Peter Moser

As discussed in previous HRW Client Alerts on March 16, 2021 and April 12, 2021, a provision of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) requires employers to pay COBRA premiums for “Assistance Eligible Individuals” (employees who lost group health coverage due to reduced hours or... MORE

Recent Developments Affecting Noncompetition Agreements in Massachusetts

Alerts & Advisories, Alerts & News, Legal Insights by John Arnold, Mark Macchi, Peter Moser

There have been two recent developments affecting noncompetition agreements in Massachusetts that employers need to be aware of and take into account as they craft and review their own restrictive covenant forms. New Judicial Decision – Employment is Not Sufficient Consideration Pursuant to the Massachusetts... MORE

MA COVID-19 Emergency Paid Sick Leave Request Form and Employer Reimbursement Process

Alerts & Advisories, Alerts & News, COVID-19 Resource Center, Legal Insights by John Arnold

On July 8, 2021, the Executive Office for Administration and Finance (“EOAF”) made available a sample form for employees to request COVID-19 Sick Leave under the recently enacted COVID-19 Temporary Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (the “Act”).  The Act, which has been in effect since... MORE

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