On July 12, 2022, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission updated its Guidance with respect to COVID-19 workplace testing. According to the EEOC, an employer may administer a […]
On February 28, 2022, the Commonwealth announced that required employer-provided leave under An Act Providing for Massachusetts COVID-19 Emergency Paid Sick Leave will end, effective […]
United States Supreme Court Halts Enforcement Of OSHA’s ETS for Private Employers with 100+ Employees
The Biden Administration’s attempt to enforce OSHA’s Emergency Temporary Standard (“ETS”) has been halted, once again. On January 13, 2022, […]
Massachusetts Adopts CDC’s Newly Issued Guidance Relating To Isolation & Quarantine; Interplay with OSHA’s ETS
On January 9, 2022, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) provided additional guidance to clarify its December 27, 2021 […]
OSHA’s Weekly Testing Or Vaccine Mandate For Employers With 100+ Employees Reinstated; Federal Contractor Vaccine Mandate Still Blocked
Two courts recently issued decisions relating to vaccination mandates: one court lifted the stay on the OSHA “vaccine or test” mandate for […]
On December 7, 2021, the United States District Court for The Southern District of Georgia halted enforcement of President […]
Bad medicine for business? Vaccine mandate for Central Mass. companies of 100 a ‘recipe for disaster’
Michelle De Oliveira was quoted in the Telegram & Gazette article below by Henry Schwan.
They say it’s bad for business. One legal expert says the mandates should hold up in court.
WORCESTER — Some of […]
Two Days After OSHA’s Issuance Of The Emergency Temporary Standard Regarding COVID-19 Vaccination And Testing For Employers With 100+ Employees, A Court Halts Enforcement
On November 6, 2021, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit granted an emergency motion to stay enforcement of OSHA’s Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS), issued just […]
OSHA Issues Emergency Temporary Standard Regarding COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing For Employers With 100+ Employees
On November 4, 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released the Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) that we had been waiting for following the Biden Administration’s September 9th […]
Guidance Issued for Federal Contractors on Vaccine Mandate and Requirements for Masking and Social Distancing
On September 9, 2021, President Biden announced his Path Out of the Pandemic: COVID-19 Action Plan. As […]
On September 29, 2021, Governor Charlie Baker signed an extension of the Massachusetts Emergency COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave Law. This legislation extends paid sick […]
News From the White House: COVID-19 Vaccination Mandates for Federal Workers, Federal Contractors & for Employers with 100+ Employees
On September 9, 2021, the White House released two signed Executive Orders immediately after President Biden’s remarks regarding […]
As of May 29, 2021, the Mask Mandate Will Be Lifted in Massachusetts For Those Who Are Fully Vaccinated
On May 17, 2021, we issued a client alert highlighting the CDC’s decision to lift mask mandates for those […]
On May 28, 2021, Governor Charlie Baker signed An Act Providing For Massachusetts COVID-19 Emergency Paid Sick Leave into […]
CDC Lifts Mask Requirement for Those Who Are Fully Vaccinated—But Massachusetts Employers Should Hold Tight
On May 13, 2021, the CDC lifted the mask mandate and the need to social distance for […]
Courts have begun issuing decisions concerning insurance coverage for Covid-19 claims. Kenney & Sams anticipated back in March 2020 that insurers would likely deny business […]
Employers Beware: Practical Implications Of Governor Baker’s Newly Issued Travel Order, Effective August 1, 2020, in the Workplace
On July 24, 2020, Governor Baker issued a COVID-19 Travel Order to safeguard residents from exposure to the Coronavirus due to interstate travel. The Travel Order went into effect on […]
By: Kenney & Sams, P.C.
In late-March the Massachusetts House of Representatives introduced Bill HD.4985, a proposed stimulus package to support micro-business during the COVID-19 pandemic. The proposed grant subsidy, introduced by Rep. Carlos Gonzalez, is […]
As you may already know, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), effective on April 1, 2020, requires employers with fewer than 500 employees to provide paid sick leave and […]
GOVERNOR BAKER REVISES NON-ESSENTIAL BUSINESS EMERGENCY ORDER: EFFECTIVE APRIL 1, 2020, NOON, ALL PRIVATE CONSTRUCTION UNRELATED TO HOUSING, CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE, OR COVID-19 SHUT DOWN
Dear Kenney & Sams […]
On March 24, 2020, the DOL announced that the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) will be effective as of April 1st. The statute will be effective through December 31, […]
Business Interruption Insurance Coverage Update: Massachusetts Senate Considers Retroactively Expanding Coverage to Include Covid-19 Based Claims
Massachusetts State Senator James B. Eldridge from Middlesex and Worcester Districts has introduced a bill (S.D. 2888) to rewrite and retroactively expand business interruption coverage to include losses caused by […]
Governor Baker authorizes construction work to resume in Boston and Cambridge; Mayor Walsh responds, extending his order pausing non-essential construction in Boston.
Dear Kenney & Sams clients and friends,
We write to update you on significant and developing Orders directed at construction in the Commonwealth. Earlier today, Governor […]
Paid Sick Leave & Tax Credit For Businesses On The Horizon As The Families First Coronavirus Response Act Is Signed Into Law
On March 18, 2020, President Trump signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act into law. This legislation is designed to make emergency appropriations and incorporate […]
COVID-19: Changes in The Landscape Of Unemployment Benefits, Layoffs Versus Furloughs & The WARN Act.
Part I: Changes in the Landscape of Unemployment Benefits
The Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance (“DUA”) has adopted emergency regulations (430 CMR 22:00) to address the COVID-19 pandemic and the hardship it may cause to businesses and employees.
In these unprecedented times, Kenney & Sams, P.C., is fielding calls from clients asking whether their business insurance policies provide coverage to help offset […]