reopening guidance from the commonwealth
Massachusetts department of public health
- Information on the Outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
- Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19
APPLY FOR UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS
- Unemployment and Coronavirus
- Information on applying for unemployment
- CARES Act Implementation in Massachusetts
- Pandemic Unemployment Assistance provides unemployment benefits to individuals who are unable to work because of a COVID-19-related reason but are not eligible for regular or extended unemployment benefits.
- Unemployment Benefits Fraud Information
- Unemployment Insurance Benefits and Returning to Work: Guide for Employers
ATTORNEY GENERAL FAIR LABOR DIVISION
- Frequently Asked Questions About COVID-19: Employee Rights and Employer Obligations
- Report Unsafe Working Conditions during COVID-19
Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
- COVID-19 prevention, symptoms, and treatment. Information about testing. Guidance for people planning or returning from travel. Massachusetts 2-1-1 is open to callers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Operators fluent in Spanish are available, and more than 150 other languages are supported through an interpreter services line that is available 24/7. Residents with questions should dial 2-1-1 from any landline or cellphone. Callers dialing 2-1-1 will hear an automated menu of options. Callers press 2-6 for coronavirus. Residents can also reach 2-1-1 through a live chat option on the Massachusetts 2-1-1 website.
United States Government
CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION (CDC)
Social Security Administration (SSA)
- The Social Security office remains closed to the public. They are only handling phone calls at this number 1-844-587-1390, for the indefinite future. View the SSA’s most recent press release here.
- If anyone already had an appointment scheduled they should NOT go to the Social Security office. They should expect a call from a staff member of Social Security at the day and time scheduled for the appointment. People are also encouraged to go online to www.ssa.gov
Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
- Internal Revenue Service Toolkit - Economic Impact Payments and Coronavirus Tax Relief
- Economic Impact Payments will be distributed automatically, with no action required for most people.
- Economic Impact Payments being sent by prepaid debit cards, arrive in plain envelope; IRS.gov answers frequently asked questions
- "Get my Payment Tool" - Launched by the IRS on April 15, 2020 - The IRS has now launched an online tool to check the status of Economic Stimulus Payments, confirm payment type, and enter direct deposit banking information if the IRS does not yet have it. Please note that in situations where payment status is not available, the app will respond with “Status Not Available,” and may be due to one of the following reasons:
- If you are not eligible for a payment;
- If you are required to file a tax return and have not filed in tax years 2018 or 2019;
- If you recently filed a return or provided information through Non-Filers, payment status will be updated when processing is complete;
- If you are a SSA or RRB Form 1099 recipient, SSI or VA benefit recipient - the IRS is working separately with these agencies to issue payments, and payment status information is not yet available in the app.
- For those that don’t normally file a tax return, please reference the non-filers registration tool, here.
FAMILIES FIRST CORONAVIRUS RELIEF ACT (FFCRA)
DETERMINING YOUR ELIGIBILITY AS AN EMPLOYEE
American workers can use a new online portal to determine if they qualify for COVID-related paid leave outlined in part of a federal coronavirus relief law. The tool, launched Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Labor, asks participants a series of questions to determine if their employers must comply with Families First Coronavirus Response Act paid leave coverage and to make clear if employees should seek paid sick leave or extended family and medical leave. Workers can get a varying amount of paid time off at regular or reduced wages if they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, quarantined, or caring for family members or children. Businesses with fewer than 500 employees will receive federal tax credits as reimbursement for the costs of paid leave