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May 22, 2020

The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1972 (OSH Act) requires most employers to keep workplace logs in which employee work-related injuries and illnesses are recorded.

 In guidance issued on April 10, 2020, OSHA had previously announced that only employers in industries such as health care, emergency response, and corrections were required to record employee COVID-19 diagnoses, while most other...

May 21, 2020

On May 12, In response to unanticipated medical and childcare challenges due to COVID-19, the IRS provided employers with a number of optional amendments that can be made to Section 125 cafeteria plans and related health plans and flexible spending arrangements (FSAs).

This guidance allows employers the option to let employees revoke, add, or change 2020 coverage elections now, instead of waiting u...

On March 9, the Secret Service warned of opportunistic phishing scams taking advantage of the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting fear and uncertainty.  Included with the "information only" alert were the following quick tips:

  • Phishing Emails / Social Engineering – Avoid opening attachments and clicking on links within emails from senders you do not recognize. These attachments can contain m...

May 14, 2020

While we remain focused on the response to and consequences of COVID-19, there are other important developments to remain aware of.

On May 8, the Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave (DFML) published proposed amendments to the Paid Family and Medical Leave regulations which codify prior guidance regarding covered contract workers, clarify the requirements for private plan exemptions...

May 13, 2020

From the start we’ve been discussing the idea that the response to COVID-19 is an evolving one.  This remains true. In that context, the government response has been largely to administer new laws and the applicability of existing laws through “Frequently Asked Questions” (“FAQ”) or via guidance. 

Guidance does not have the same authority as regulation or rules: Guidance is supplemental materi...

April 30, 2020

In this post, we discuss taking proactive steps to considering what considerations to take into account while coming out of "Stay at home" orders, the COVID related safety issues with OSHA, and updates to the EEOC position on COVID testing.

Reopening Business.  The Federal government has started to discuss what coming out of the Coronavirus lockdown will look like, after having issued a three...

March 13, 2020

The coronavirus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person, generally those within 6-feet of us. It may also be transmitted by touching an infected surface. Taking steps toward prevention is important to stopping the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, and the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed.

As of this post, congress is considering a bill which m...

March 9, 2020

CDC Recommended Coronavirus responses

February 24, 2020

Come next January, the Massachusetts Family and Medical Leave law continues its implementation as paid family leave benefits will be available to support workers who take leave in order to bond with a new child  and paid medical leave benefits will be available to support workers who take leave as a result of personal serious health conditions.  

With this phase of implementation also com...

February 19, 2020

The USCIS has published a new version of Form I-9

The New Form Will Expire on Oct. 31, 2022

On Jan. 31, 2020, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a new version of Form I-9: Employment Eligibility Verification. The previous version of this form expired Aug. 31, 2019, but USCIS advised employers to continue using the expired form until a new form was made available....

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