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COVID-19 Alert: The American Rescue Plan Act Of 2021: What Employers Need to Know

April 5, 2021 Leave a comment

 

By: Joe Hunt, Matthew Mitchell, & Amanda Thibodeau

On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed into law the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (“ARPA”). ARPA provides $1.9 trillion in stimulus, and establishes new, significant employee rights and employer obligations, to address the economic fall-out of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The key ARPA provisions that affect employers include the following:

  • Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act
  • Families First Coronavirus Response Act Leave
  • Short-Time Compensation Programs
  • Employee Retention Credits

Read more in our latest COVID-19 Alert.

EEOC Issues New Employer Guidance on COVID-19 Vaccines – Private Employers Poised To Play Front Line Role in Government’s Mass Vaccination Effort

December 22, 2020 Leave a comment

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On December 16, 2020, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) issued new guidance to employers related to mandatory COVID-19 vaccination programs for employees (the “Guidance”).  In broad terms, the Guidance instructs that, subject to certain limits:

  • Federal law does not prohibit mandatory employee COVID-19 vaccination programs; and
  • Under certain circumstances, employers may bar employees who refuse COVID-19 vaccinations from the workplace.

A summary of what employers need to know about the “Guidance” can be found in our COVID-19 Alert.

The Complex Web of Employment Law Regulations Expands: The Latest COVID-19 Considerations for Massachusetts Employers 

July 29, 2020 Leave a comment

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In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, government regulators have created a web of legal requirements intended to promote employee safety and economic stability. The count, scope, issuance rate, and complexity of these new rules are unprecedented.

Compliance with this ever-expanding, and sometimes inconsistent, landscape of COVID-19 regulations is a clear and present challenge for employers.

We’ve prepared a summary of the most recent COVID-19 regulations that apply to Massachusetts employers, as of July 2020. It is critical that Massachusetts employers identify, understand, and comply with these standards.

Learn more in our COVID-19 Alert.