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September 14, 2020

Late on Friday September 11 via a temporary rule published in the Federal Register, The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) updated provisions within its final rule implementing the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, in response to an August federal court ruling that struck down aspects of the original rule. These updates take effect September 16.

Among the changes is a revision of DOL's definiti...

September 8, 2020

President Trump signed several executive orders on Saturday, August 8. One of these orders allows for the suspension of Social Security tax collection for individuals making less than $4,000 on a bi-weekly basis, and is effective September 1 through December 31, 2020.

On August 28, the IRS provided guidance to employers on how to apply the memo in respect to the applicable wages and due date of def...

September 4, 2020

The list of lower-COVID risk states in Massachusetts has grown as of September 4. Please continue to consider your vacation policy previously discussed on this blog, as it regards this list.

Travelers from COVID-19 lower-risk States are not required to fill out the Massachusetts Travel Form and do not need to quarantine.

States are included on the list based on meeting two criteria: averag...

September 3, 2020

On August 27, The Department of Labor threaded a needle with some very fine distinctions in it's latest updates to their FFCRA FAQ page as it regards the current start of the school year and the applicability of the FFCRA's Family Leave. (Answers #98, 99, 100)

FFCRA leave is not available to take care of a child whose school is open for in-person attendance. If a school offers both in-person and on...

September 1, 2020

The Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave has announced that the “annual” payroll tax exemptions received by employers for insured plans under the Paid Family and Medical Leave Law (the “Law”) have been extended. 

The Law requires most private employers in Massachusetts to provide covered individuals with paid family and medical leave (“PFML”).

Massachusetts employees may be entitled...

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