In response to concerns about the safety of returning to work during the COVID-19 pandemic, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey launched a new website last month to provide individuals and small businesses with resources to help them navigate this uncertain time. The site offers employees information on their rights in the workplace, as well as several options for how to report employers that fail to follow government-mandated COVID-19 health and safety protocols, which they are able to do so anonymously, should they prefer. It also shares resources for small businesses who are struggling to recover from the economic impacts of the pandemic, from grant and loan guidance to cost cutting recommendations.
Attorney General Healey, who has in the past referred to her office as “The People’s Law Firm”, highlights on this site and in her other messaging to the public that while opinions may vary about whether COVID-19 safety protocols are necessary, business owners that fail to follow all applicable regulations will face exposure to a variety of public and private penalties, including fines, cease and desist orders and lawsuits from employees who may allege exposure to the coronavirus at their workplace.
CMBG3 Law is closely following all legislative and litigation developments related to COVID-19’s impact on Massachusetts businesses. Our expertise in compliance, government relations and litigation allows us to assist any business impacted by COVID-19. Please contact us today to learn how we can help.