Steps to take to file an unemployment claim
The State is considering legislation to waive the 1 week waiting period for applicants who are displaced by the effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
Benefits may be available to a worker who is out of work due to temporary shutdown of work, lay off, quarantine or an order to stay home.
If you are out of work for coronavirus (COVID-19) related reasons, and you are a full time employee of an eligible employer and
You may be entitled to paid sick leave.
If you are sick with coronavirus (COVID-19) or have symptoms and are seeking a diagnosis or you are unable to work because you are quarantined, you may be eligible for two weeks (or 10 work days or up to 80 hours) of paid sick leave at 100% of your pay from your employer.
If you are caring for a person diagnosed with coronavirus (COVID-19) or subject to quarantine, or you are caring for a child whose school is closed or child care provider is unavailable for reasons related to coronavirus (COVID-19), you may be eligible for two weeks (or 10 work days or up to 80 hours) of paid sick leave at 2/3 of your pay from your employer.
This is paid leave in addition to paid time off or leave which your employer provides. Part time workers are eligible for benefits under the new law. The law becomes effective April 2, 2020.
If you are unable to work (including to telework) because you must care for your child (who is under 18 years of age) whose school has closed due to the coronavirus public health emergency, you may be entitled to expanded Family and Medical Leave (FMLA).
Although courthouses physically reopen on July 13th, all courts will still conduct most business virtually -- by telephone, videoconference and email. If you must go to the courthouse, here is what you should know.
You may go to a courthouse to:
You should self-screen before coming to court
If you have any questions, please call or email the court directly. Or call the Trial Court Help Line at 833-91-COURT from 8:30-4:30; Spanish & Portuguese Interpreters are available
BOSTON, MA — The Supreme Judicial Court today issued an updated order regarding public access to Massachusetts state courthouses and court facilities during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The order will go into effect July 13, 2020.
The SJC outlined that courthouses will physically reopen to the public for limited purposes, including some in-person proceedings, on July 13, 2020, but courts will continue to conduct most business virtually. The number of in-person proceedings will further expand during a second phase beginning on August 10, 2020.
The order issued today applies to (a) litigants, attorneys, witnesses, jurors, law enforcement personnel, contractors, vendors, media, and other members of the public when in or seeking entry to a Massachusetts state courthouse or other state court facility, including a probation office or a building that is temporarily being used for court proceedings (courthouse); and (b) non-court personnel whose place of work is in a courthouse (e.g., employees of a Registry of Deeds or the Social Law Library) whenever they are in the courthouse but outside of their immediate place of work.
When courthouses reopen on July 13, entry will be limited to persons attending in-person proceedings, persons conducting business with a clerk’s, register’s, or recorder’s office, persons meeting with probation, and persons conducting business at other open offices in the courthouses. Persons seeking to enter will be screened to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The order outlines a specific screening protocol for those who wish to enter a courthouse.
Those prohibited from going into court facilities will include people who are not wearing face coverings, individuals diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last 14 days, persons experiencing symptoms related to the virus within the previous three days and people waiting for coronavirus test results after showing symptoms or coming into contact with someone who has the disease.
Temperature checks will be applied to all wishing to enter the court facilities. If a temperature of 100 degrees or higher is registered, that person will not be allowed to enter.
The Supreme Judicial Court has issued an updated order about the operation of courts. All civil and criminal cases in state court are now postponed until at least June 1st and the courthouses are to remain closed to the public until then.
However, PSRB lawyers and staff continue to work remotely to perform a wide range of tasks to serve you. With secure, virtual access to our office systems. We are able to handle claims, coordinate benefits and provide support from any location.
Call our offices today for more info. (800)785-5399.
For up to date information regarding the list of essential businesses, please visit: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-essential-services?n
The Baker-Polito Administration announced further action to support ratepayers during the COVID-19 outbreak
The Baker-Polito Administration today announced further action to support ratepayers during the COVID-19 outbreak, directing the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) to issue an Order prohibiting investor-owned utility companies from shutting off gas, electric, and water utility service to any customers for failure to pay a bill or a portion of a bill until the State of Emergency is lifted or the DPU determines otherwise.
The announcement builds upon the DPU’s March 13 moratorium requesting utility companies refrain from shutting off gas and electric service to residents across the Commonwealth. The new order will expand the moratorium to include any investor-owned utility customers, including industrial, commercial, and small business customers, during the State of Emergency.
“Protecting the health and safety of Massachusetts residents remains the Baker-Polito Administration’s highest priority, and this order will ensure the continued availability of gas, electric, and water service to all ratepayers during the state of emergency,” said DPU Chairman Matthew Nelson. “Today’s action will also protect residents and businesses from added economic pressure during these difficult and uncertain times.”
The Order also prohibits investor-owned utility companies from sending communications that threaten to shut off gas, electric, or water service to any of their customers for failure to pay a bill or any portion of a bill the Companies issued to a customer. Any company that fails to comply with these orders may be assessed penalties of up to $1 million per violation.
Additionally, on March 13, the DPU formally requested that that residential competitive electricity suppliers and licensed electricity brokers cease door-to-door marketing activities to ensure that proper risk management protocols have been taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19, prioritizing the health and safety of both consumers and any agents conducting marketing efforts.