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COVID-19 Financial Relief Evaluation and Selection Tool

Contributed by Preti Flaherty, April 3, 2020

During this crisis, Preti Flaherty remains focused on our many clients affected by new COVID-19 laws. A large
number of these clients are trying to understand the financial assistance currently available under Federal
law. Broadly speaking, clients can choose from among several Federal Government Assistance Options. We
have developed a useful comparison tool for evaluating these options, and we are offering the tool to anyone
who might find it helpful.


Coronavirus Continues to Spread: What Employers Should Be Doing

Emma Follansbee, Mintz, March 04, 2020

In light of the coronavirus’s continued impact on the workforce, this post reviews the CDC’s newly issued guidelines for businesses, and dives deeper into how employers can lawfully navigate the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), sick time laws, and other leave laws, while keeping maintaining the safety of their workforce.


What you Need to Know about Force Majeure in Light of the Coronavirus

Co-written by AGC MA Board Counsel Tony Starr, Mintz, March 11, 2020

With the outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (“COVID-19”), the disease caused by the novel coronavirus (“SARS-CoV-2”), companies across various industries are taking precautions, some of which inevitably will result in nonperformance of their contracts. For some, relief from nonperformance may be found in the contracts themselves in the form of a force majeure provision. For others, whose contracts do not contain force majeure provisions, defending a potential breach of contract will be more of an uphill battle. As the landscape of the coronavirus outbreak develops, we will continue to look at the virus’s impact in more depth. First, we consider several key introductory questions to help guide you in your decision making processes in the coming weeks.


Commonly Asked Employer Questions Regarding Employees During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Written by Emma Follansbee, Mintz, March 19, 2020

An employee calls in sick to work. Can you ask them about their symptoms?


What You Should Know About the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and COVID-19


COVID-19: Recording and Reporting Obligations Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act

Howard Sokol | Gina A. Fonte | Matthew W. Sloane, Holland & Knight Alert, March 24, 2020

The fluid and fast-changing impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), with an ever-increasing number of diagnosed cases, has left many employers wondering what their obligations are to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) with respect to COVID-19.


What You Need to Know: Clarification of the Mass.Gov Essential Services Order

Contributed by John Ferrante, BTEA Associate Director & Tom Gunning, BTEA Director of Labor Relations, March 24, 2020

We are in unprecedented times and there’s a lot of confusion with regards to COVID-19 and essential/non-essential businesses, particularly in the construction industry. The BTEA answers many of the questions regarding the order as it relates to construction in the city.


Please check back here daily as we gather additional insight via AGC MA Member forums.