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.
Nan ONeill and Peter McNulty, attorneys with Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP recently presented a webcast for the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (IFEBP). The topic being discussed was CARES Act: Impact on Small- to Mid-Sized Employers and Their Workforces.
The coronavirus and its effects are likely to have an impact on workers’ compensation claims. Two of the most common questions that have been raised regarding COVID-19 and workers’ compensation are addressed below, including compensation for employees who contract COVID-19 at work and employees who are injured while working from home.