March 17, 2020
The impact of COVID-19 (coronavirus) on employees has been disruptive and destabilizing. Maybe your paid leave bank is dwindling, or you don’t have any in the first place; maybe your employer is still requiring you to work onsite; or maybe you’ve been laid off entirely. Whatever your situation, we’re here to help & to provide guidance as to your legal rights and paths forward.
The federal government has expanded regulations to allow states to pay UI to people whose employment has been affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. According to new federal and state guidance, you are now eligible for UI income if:
You do not have to quit your job to receive UI for the above reasons, and you are not required to submit any medical documentation. Deadlines missed due to COVID-19 will be excused. State government is also in the process of filing emergency legislation to suspend the one-week waiting period. Massachusetts workers can click here to apply for UI.
If you are having trouble with your application, or have been denied and want to appeal, you should consider getting legal assistance.
If you have evidence that the way you were terminated was discriminatory, consider filing a claim with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD). If you think your termination was otherwise wrongful or illegal—for example, if it was retaliation for taking sick leave or reporting your concerns about workplace safety amidst the COVID-19 outbreak—you should consult with a lawyer.
If you need legal help for any reason, email us a request for a lawyer (firstname.lastname@example.org) or get referred to a lawyer online instantly here.