Featured Posts

May 28, 2020

The CARES Act creates a conundrum with the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness incentives. Employers may find it difficult to get hourly employees to return to work following furloughs and layoffs because sometimes employees can receive more money from unemployment benefits by staying home than by working.

Massachusetts may allow benefits, even if work is affirmatively offe...

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...

Please reload

Recent Posts
Please reload

Archive
Please reload

Search By Tags