Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Benefits Begin on January 1, 2021: Are You Ready?
On January 1, 2021, most benefits provided by the Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Act (“PFML”) will become available. While employers have been wrestling with issues regarding contributions, private plan exemptions, and notice requirements for quite some time, the availability of benefits next month is likely to prompt new questions and generate new challenges. This alert is designed to highlight some key issues that employers should be aware of as they prepare to handle employees’ requests for benefits.
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.