Employers Beware: Practical Implications Of Governor Baker’s Newly Issued Travel Order, Effective August 1, 2020, in the Workplace

By:  Michelle De Oliveira, Esq.

On July 24, 2020, Governor Baker issued a COVID-19 Travel Order[1] to safeguard residents from exposure to the Coronavirus due to interstate travel.  The Travel Order goes into effect on August 1, 2020, requiring visitors and returning residents entering Massachusetts to complete and submit a Travel Form and self-quarantine for 14 days unless […]

July 28th, 2020|Categories: COVID-19, Employment Law|

Local Bill Intended to Aid Very Small Business

By:  Emyr Remy

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 intended to provide relief to very small businesses in Massachusetts during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This legislation would provide up to a $15,000 grant subsidy […]

April 7th, 2020|Categories: COVID-19, Employment Law|

DOL Guidance On The Families First Coronavirus Response Act

By:  Michelle De Oliveira, Esq.

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 expanded family and medical leave to certain eligible employees. Although many questions remain unanswered, the Department of Labor (DOL) has issued helpful guidance in the […]

April 6th, 2020|Categories: COVID-19, Employment Law|

Governor Baker Revises Non-Essential Business Emergency Order


by: J. Nathan Cole

Dear Kenney & Sams clients and friends,

As the coronavirus continues to sweep across the country, and as Massachusetts and federal authorities seek to curtail business and social activity to “flatten […]

DOL Announcement: Families First Coronavirus Response Act Effective on April 1st & Model Notice

By:  Michelle De Oliveira, Esq.

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, 2020. This in turn means that employees may be eligible for paid sick leave under the FFCRA from April 1 through December 31, 2020.

Although regulations […]

March 27th, 2020|Categories: Articles & Publications, COVID-19, Employment Law|

Business Interruption Insurance Coverage Update: Massachusetts Senate Considers Retroactively Expanding Coverage to Include Covid-19 Based Claims

By: J. Nathan Cole

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 COVID-19. Typically, business interruption insurance provides coverage to replace losses, including lost net income, payroll, and other expenses incurred by a business during “periods of restoration,” […]

March 27th, 2020|Categories: Articles & Publications, COVID-19, Insurance Law|

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 Baker issued guidance confirming and clarifying that the Commonwealth’s March 23, 2020 Order “Assuring Continued Operation of Essential Services in […]

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 certain changes into law to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Among other things, the law requires immediate action by employers […]

March 23rd, 2020|Categories: Articles & Publications, COVID-19, Employment Law|

Construction Continues

Construction contractors in the Commonwealth may continue to operate and perform work on jobsites, subject to local municipal restrictions. Certain businesses are exempt from Governor Baker’s Order closing non-essential business operations until April 7th – this includes construction companies. Specifically, Governor Baker’s Order lists professions that are deemed “COVID-19 Essential Services,” […]