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July 30, 2020

Governor Baker’s new Executive Order  imposes strict rules governing travel to Massachusetts from places other than “lower risk states.” Effective August 1, all visitors entering Massachusetts (including returning residents, students, and international travelers) from anywhere other than New England, New York, New Jersey, or Hawaii will be required to complete a Travel Form, and quarantine fo...

July 29, 2020

The Internal Revenue Service has issued Revenue Procedure 2020-36 to implement the 2021 index adjustments for certain Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) contribution percentages used to determine affordability under the employer shared responsibility mandate.

Background. Under the ACA, contribution percentages are used to determine: (i) whether an Applicable Large Employer (“ALE”) is subject to the ACA’s...

July 22, 2020

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced an extension of the flexibility in complying with requirements related to Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, due to COVID-19.

This temporary guidance was set to expire July 19. Because of ongoing precautions related to COVID-19, DHS has extended this policy for an additional 30 days.

Th...

July 2, 2020

On Tuesday, June 30, 2020, Governor Baker mandated effective Friday, July 3, 2020, that all travelers arriving to Massachusetts from other states are instructed to self-quarantine for 14 days.

This order excludes travelers arriving from Rhode Island, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, New York, or New Jersey.

The order also excludes workers designated by the federal government as “essential...

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