COVID-19 Alert: Covid-19 Relief Law Decoded: What Clients Need To Know Now

By: Matthew Mitchell, Joe Hunt, & Amanda Thibodeau On December 27, 2020, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (the “CAA”) passed into law. The CAA includes long-anticipated measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic crisis. The CAA supplements and extend measures enacted earlier this year, including the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the …

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U.S. Treasury Releases Interim Rules on Paycheck Protection Program – What You Need to Know

In an effort to facilitate the fast-tracking of loans under the new Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) the U.S. Department of the Treasury released Interim Final Rules effective April 3, 2020. The rules cover areas such as: Basic Structures of PPP Loans Loan Applicant Certifications Borrower Eligibility Requirements Loan Proceeds Loan Forgiveness Rules Miscellaneous Terms. Joe …

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COVID-19 Alert: A Plain Language Guide to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (“CARES”) Act

By: Joe Hunt, Amanda Thibodeau, and Matthew Mitchell President Trump signed the CARES Act into law on March 27, 2020. With an estimated price tag in excess of $2 trillion, the CARES Act is intended to provide businesses and industries with a broad lending program designed to sustain working capital needs, provide immediate cash relief …

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UPDATED Client Alert: Recommended Employer Response to the Coronavirus

Read our most recent COVID-19 updates and recommendations on our Employment Law Blog. 3/11/20 - An update based on the Massachusetts State of Emergency can be found here. 3/6/20 - The spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), and its effects on business markets, travel, and public health, are dominating the news cycle. As this public health emergency …

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Employment Law Alert: Congress Adopts Emergency Paid Family Medical Leave and Sick Time Standards; Client Alert: State and Federal COVID-19 Small Business Loan Programs

Morse Attorneys Matthew Mitchell, Joe Hunt, and Amanda Thibodeau shared two important updates regarding new laws that apply to private-sector employers and employees affected by Coronavirus, as well as the launch of new programs to assist small businesses struggling during the COVID-19 outbreak. The first update discusses how President Trump signed into law the Families First …

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Client Alert – State and Federal COVID-19 Small Business Loan Programs

By: Joe Hunt and Amanda Thibodeau With COVID-19 causing disruption to businesses large and small, on both the federal and state levels existing programs and new programs are being launched to assist small businesses in these difficult times.  We outline the current status of these programs below. Federal – Small Business Administration (“SBA”) Economic Injury …

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Employment Law Alert: New Minimum Wage Rate; Year-End Bonuses and the MA Equal Pay Act

Morse Employment Law Attorneys Matthew Mitchell and Amanda Thibodeau shared two employment law updates regarding the new minimum wage rate for Massachusetts non-exempt employees, as well as information about discretionary, end-of-year bonuses and the Massachusetts Equal Pay Act. The first update explains the new minimum wage rate for Massachusetts non-exempt employees.  As of January 1, …

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Employment Law Alert: Round Up of Noncompete Reform Coming to New England

Noncompete reform is taking over the country as more and more states - including four in New England - are making the decision to enact new laws restricting the use of noncompetition agreements by employers. Maine, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island all recently passed legislation that is expected to take effect soon, and a similar …

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Amanda Thibodeau Speaking on MCLE Program on Employment Law Issues for Gig Workers

Employment attorney Amanda Thibodeau will be speaking on the MCLE program Employment Law Issues for Gig Workers, being held on Tuesday, July 30. The program will provide an overview of the current state of the law, how various governing bodies on the state and federal levels have grappled with companies and workers in the gig …

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U.S. Supreme Court Rules EEOC Charge is Procedural Requirement, Not Jurisdictional

By: Amanda Thibodeau As previously discussed on our Employment Law Blog, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”), is a federal statute that prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. It also prohibits retaliation against individuals who assert rights under the statute. To assert a …

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