COVID-19: Massachusetts Enacts Emergency Bill to Waive One-Week Waiting Period for Unemployment Benefits for Workers Affected by COVID-19 

From JDSupra, Julia Mitarotondo, Kathleen Parker and Mark Pomfret report on a bill that waives the one week waiting period for unemployment benefits to individuals who are unemployed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Julia, Kathleen, and Mark write: On March 18, 2020, Governor Baker signed a bill that will provide immediate financial relief to those […]

Staffing firms and the financial impact of Covid-19

Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA), the Global Advisor on Staffing and Workforce Solutions, reports on the effect of the Covid-19 virus on staffing firms: Member staffing firms of the Affiliated Staffing Group, an industry network group of noncompeting staffing firms, recently met regarding the Covid-19 pandemic. The 27 member firms reported drops in weekly business revenue […]

Baker-Polito Administration Announces $10 Million Small Business Recovery Loan Fund 

BOSTON — Today, the Baker-Polito Administration announced economic support for small businesses with a $10 million loan fund to provide financial relief to those that have been affected by COVID-19. The $10 million Small Business Recovery Loan Fund will provide emergency capital up to $75,000 to Massachusetts-based businesses impacted by COVID-19 with under 50 full- and part-time employees, […]

American Staffing Association — COVID-19 Information and Resources for Staffing Companies

The American Staffing Association has a terrific page with information for staffing firms. Follow ASA for Latest on COVID-19 for Staffing Companies ASA, its legal team, and affiliated organizations will continue to provide staffing companies with the latest information related to COVID-19—specifically any updates and resources affecting operations or the safety of employees. Staffing companies […]

Massachusetts Attorney General Alleges Chipotle Served Up A Side Order Of Wage And Hour Violations, Reaches $2 Million Settlement 

From JDSupra, Lori Kalani and Bernard Nash report on a settlement between the Massachusetts Attorney General and Chipotle on allegations of violations of child labor and wage and hour laws. Lori and Bernard write: Massachusetts AG Maura Healey reached a settlement with casual dining restaurant chain Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (“Chipotle”) to resolve allegations of child […]

Massachusetts Employers Receive New Guidance Regarding Reimbursement for Qualifying Paid Leave Plans Under the State’s PFML Law

From JDSupra, Eric Emanuelson, Nancy Gunzenhauser Popper, and Anastasia Regne discuss recent guidance for reimbursement of qualifying paid leave. Eric, Nancy and Anastasia write: The Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave (“DFML”) continues to provide ongoing substantive and procedural guidance regarding the implementation of the state’s Paid Family and Medical Leave Program (“PFML”). As […]

Anti-Raiding Provision Upheld by Massachusetts High Court

From Jackson Lewis PC, Colin A. Thakkar and Erik J. Winton discusses a recent case which upheld an anti-raiding provision in an agreement in connection with the sale of the business. Colin and Erik write: The Automile Decision In November 2007, Matthew McGovern (McGovern) became a founding member, as well as the Chief Financial Officer, of Prime Motor Group […]

Payroll firm, contingent workforce manager in lawsuit over alleged bribe request

Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA), the Global Advisor on Staffing and Workforce Solutions, reports on case in which the manager at a client asked for a bribe in exchange for raising the markup for the payrolling firm. The payrolling firm refused and even though it was the incumbent, lost the contract without any meaningful discussion. SIA […]

New Year Brings New Obligations for Massachusetts Employers 

From JDSupra, Robert Fisher of Seyfarth Shaw LLP reviews the changes in labor laws for 2020. Seyfarth Synopsis: As we prepare to enter 2020, employers with a presence in Massachusetts should be mindful of certain changes to the wage and hour laws that will take effect in the new year. Most of these changes stem […]