Governor Baker Announces Four-Phase Approach to Reopen the Massachusetts Economy
On Monday, May 18th, Governor Baker unveiled his four-phase approach to reopen the economy in Massachusetts, a summary of which can be found at https://www.mass.gov/info-details/reopening-four-phase-approach. Phase 1 of the plan began on May 18th allowing manufacturing and construction businesses to begin operations as well as worship services. More businesses will be permitted to open on May 25th, including lab and office spaces, barbershops and hair salons, pet grooming, car washes, curbside retail services, and certain recreation and outdoor activities.
Kathryn Murphy, a Partner at Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP presented a training session last month titled “Discriminatory Harassment Prevention Training for Managers”. Ms. Murphy began the training session with an introduction to legal basics where she emphasizes that discrimination is prohibited in any aspect of employment, and that the law prohibits discrimination against an individual based on race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, etc. The second section of the training outlined specific policies Read More
On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act (“ARPA”) which provides for a $1.9 trillion economic stimulus package. State and local governments, and also many educational entities, will receive substantial funding. Having endured the last year of the global COVID-19 pandemic, both states and local governments, as well as schools, have experienced unexpected expenses, losses in revenues, and budgetary burdens. The purpose of this Client Alert is to explain generally how funds from the ARPA relief aid have been designated to alleviate those COVID-19-related challenges.