This webinar will focus on the legal environment surrounding reopening Massachusetts , including:
- Legal requirements all employers must comply with, as laid out in Governor Baker’s Four-Phase approach
- Newly-formulated OSHA requirements to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace
- EEOC return to work protocols which emphasize
- Permissible questions employers can ask employees about their health
- Permissible medical testing employers can require
- Anti-harassment prohibitions protecting workers from discriminatory behavior based on their national origin, race, age or disability
- Continuing duty to reasonably accommodate employees with disabilities in the COVID-19 context, including leaves of absence
- FFCRA leave of absence entitlements
- Tension created by the enhanced unemployment benefits provided by the CARES Act and employer efforts to bring employees back to work
We will discuss how to coordinate compliance with these state and federal mandates, and how to develop employee communications and required employee training to comply with new and existing training obligations. There will also be time for questions.
Nan ONeill from Murphy, Hesse, Toomey &Lehane, LLP, presented for the Quincy Chamber Town Hall on the topic of bringing employees back to work in Massachusetts on Thursday, May 21, 2020. The Quincy Chamber Town Hall was co-hosted with the Neponset River Chamber. Nan was joined by co-panelists Margaret Laforest, Regional Director, Massachusetts Office of Business Development, and Norman Eng, Public Affairs Specialist, U.S. Small Business Administration. Nan focused on the legal environment surrounding reopening Massachusetts, pointing out Read More
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.