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Massachusetts Distributes $502 Million from the Federal Coronavirus Relief Fund to Local Cities and Towns

The Baker-Polito Administration today announced that it is preparing to distribute up to $502 million from the federal Coronavirus Relief Fund to local cities and towns for eligible costs related to the COVID-19 response effort. The Administration is also providing guidance to local municipalities on this formal distribution process and […]

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Massachusetts Celebrates Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month

Image Courtesy of the State Library of Massachusetts May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month, a time to recognize the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America’s history and are instrumental in its future success. Asian/Pacific encompasses all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia […]

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Reopening: Four-Phase Approach in Massachusetts

On Monday, May 11, the Baker-Polito Administration announced a four-phase approach to reopening the Massachusetts economy amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, and published Mandatory Workplace Safety Standards that will apply across all sectors and industries once reopening begins. The four-phase approach is based on public health guidance. Businesses and activities with […]

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Unemployment Insurance Benefits and Returning to Work: Guide for Employers

During the current COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Department of Labor encourages flexibility to effectively comply with government social distancing recommendations and to mitigate the spread of the virus. In response, the Department of Unemployment Assistance enacted emergency regulations, that, among other things, altered the definition of suitable work. The regulations, […]

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Baker-Polito Administration Orders Use of Mask or Face Covering in Public, Starting May 6, 2020

Effective May 6, 2020, the Baker-Polito Administration is requiring the use of masks or face coverings in public places where people cannot socially distance from others. Read the Mask and Face Covering Order here, which Governor Charlie Baker issued today. The order states that all residents over the age of […]

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Massachusetts Celebrates International Jazz Day, April 30

Today is Jazz Day, a worldwide celebration of America’s great cultural artform, now enjoyed around the globe by millions of music lovers. The annual International Jazz Day was initiated UNESCO in 2011. To celebration the occasion, JazzDay.com is hosting a virtual celebration of International Jazz Day, featuring at-home performances, video […]

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U.S. Department of Labor Announces All 50 States and D.C. Are Paying Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation Benefits

The U.S. Department of Labor today announced that the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation’s (FPUC) weekly unemployment compensation boost is now being paid to eligible individuals in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. FPUC is authorized under Section 2104 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act […]

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Baker-Polito Administration Extends Non-Essential Business Closures to May 18th, Announces Reopening Advisory Board

Today, the Baker-Polito Administration extended the essential services emergency order to May 18th and launched a Reopening Advisory Board that will produce a plan to the Governor by May 18th. The Administration also announced that the Department of Public Health’s Stay At Home Advisory remains in effect and gatherings of 10 […]

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