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,” […]

Construction Activity Suspended in City of Boston

Kenney & Sams, P.C. hopes that this message finds you, your families and colleagues in good health and safe circumstances.  The ongoing COVID-19 outbreak continues to reshape all of our lives and our models of doing business. In particular, the decision by Mayor Marty Walsh to suspend all regular construction activity […]

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.

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

Coronavirus Claims and Coverage: What Happens Next?

In these unprecedented times, Kenney & Sams, P.C., is fielding calls from clients asking whether their business insurance policies provide coverage to help offset or cover significant losses caused by the government’s shutdown of their businesses, exposure to the coronavirus, voluntary closures, jobsites lockouts, and lost productivity. These are monumental […]

Coronavirus: What All Employers Should Know

The apparent spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) is generating concerns in the workplace and employers have questions, understandably so. As of March 11, 2020, the CDC has reported 938 cases of COVID-19 in 39 states nationwide, along with 29 deaths.1

This article is designed to assist employers when […]

March 12th, 2020|Categories: Articles & Publications, COVID-19, Employment Law|

U.S. Department of Labor Implements New Overtime Rule & Increases Salary Threshold for FLSA Exemptions

The U.S. Department of Labor’ updated overtime rule and increase of salary thresholds for qualifying exemptions under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) are here, effective as of January 1, 2020.

On September 24, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) announced its final rule, updating the salary thresholds necessary for […]

February 15th, 2020|Categories: Articles & Publications, Employment Law|

U.S. Department of Labor Updates Regulations Relating to the Regular Rate Under the FLSA

The U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) has issued guidance to employers on what forms of compensation may be excluded from an employee’s regular rate for purposes of overtime calculation.

On December 12, 2019, the DOL announced a Final Rule (“Rule”) clarifying and updating regulations relating to “regular rate” requirements under the […]

February 15th, 2020|Categories: Articles & Publications, Employment Law|

How Prudent Risk Management Can Extend the Workers’ Compensation Act’s Tort Immunity to Companies That Lease Their Employees

With the economy continuing to hum along, and companies facing backlogs due to a tight labor pool, more Massachusetts employers are looking to lease employees to adequately staff projects, jobsites, and accounts – and substitute their own traditional workforce. Companies see numerous benefits to such leasing arrangements, including cost-saving measures related […]

February 15th, 2020|Categories: Articles & Publications, Employment Law|