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U.S. Department of Education (DOE) Approves Massachusetts Waiver Required for ESSA Grants and DESE Releases Grant Guidance

On April 8, 2020, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) received approval from the DOE for specific waivers offered under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). Massachusetts was granted numerous waivers including: Fiscal Year 2019 ESSA funds may be used until September 30, 2021; DESE may waive the 15% […]

Federal Government Passes CARES Act to Address COVID-19 Crisis

On March 27, 2020, the federal government passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (“CARES”) Act responsive to the current COVID-19 epidemic.  The Act affords economic relief to individuals, small businesses, hospitals and public health facilities, food security efforts, state and local governments, and education. State and Local Governments The Act designates funding to […]

Department of Labor Issues Guidance on Families First Coronavirus Response Act

The Department of Labor (“DOL)” recently issued guidance addressing the exclusion of health care providers and emergency responders from the benefits of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) and an exemption for small business. Health Care Providers and Emergency Responders An employer may exclude health care providers and emergency responders from: (a) family and […]

COVID-19 and Copyright Concerns

Pursuant to Governor Charles D. Baker’s March 25, 2020 order which requires all schools in the Commonwealth to remain closed until May 4, 2020, many districts are opting to engage in remote learning. While remote learning is an essential and helpful tool, it also poses unique challenges to school districts. Many districts and their educators […]

Remote Learning Update

On March 26, 2020, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education issued guidance for school administrators regarding remote learning during the COVID-19 school closures. This guidance was sent to all Massachusetts superintendents and can be found here.  2020-0326 remote-learning

Updates to Families First Coronavirus Response Act

On March 18, 2020, President Trump approved House Bill 6201, titled the “Families First Coronavirus Response Act”.  Please see our earlier advisories regarding this new legislation that we sent on March 19, 2020 and March 20, 2020.  The law has two new acts: the “Emergency Family and Medical Leave Act” and the “Emergency Paid Sick […]

Governor Extends School Closure Date

Earlier today, Governor Charles D. Baker modified an executive order that previously closed public schools, private schools and non-emergency daycare centers until Monday, April 6, 2020.  Under the new order, schools and non-emergency daycare centers will remain closed until at least Monday, May 4, 2020. Governor Baker emphasized that during this closure, the Department of […]

Governor Orders Closure of All Non-Essential Businesses

This morning, Massachusetts Governor Charles D. Baker issued an emergency order requiring all non-essential businesses to close their physical locations starting at noon on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 until April 7, 2020 at noon.  Additionally, all gatherings are now limited to ten (10) or fewer people.  The order also directs the Department of Public Health […]

Additional Information Regarding The “Families First Coronavirus Response Act”

On March 18, 2020, President Trump approved House Bill 6201, titled the “Families First Coronavirus Response Act”.  Please see our advisory regarding this new Act we sent on March 19, 2020.  The law has two new acts providing leave time: the “Emergency Family and Medical Leave Act” and the “Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act”. The […]

Federal Government Passes “Families First Coronavirus Response Act”

On March 18, 2020, President Trump approved House Bill 6201, titled the “Families First Coronavirus Response Act”.  The law has two new acts providing leave time: the “Emergency Family and Medical Leave Act” and the “Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act”.  Public employers and private employers with fewer than five hundred (500) employees must provide leave […]

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