If you have questions or comments about the reopening plan, fill out this form from the Advisory Board HERE
CARES Act The United States Congress recently passed legislation providing for additional unemployment benefits, resources for small businesses, and a "Marshall Plan" for our nation's hospitals, among other provisions. You can learn more about this legislation, which has been signed into law, in the documents below.
As you may have heard, the CARES Act expanded unemployment insurance eligibility to independent contractors, gig workers, etc. In terms of applying for these benefits in Massachusetts, the state Department of Unemployment Assistance still needs official guidance from the U.S. Department of Labor to enact the expanded eligibility. So, independent contractors and gig workers should NOT apply yet (as of March 30th), and instead wait for an official announcement by the state. The timeline for U.S. DOL to provide this guidance is unclear, but the current estimate is that it will take about a week for that to happen and for the DUA to be able to get the application online.
Massachusetts will be conducting a daily town hall at 2:00pm to walk constituents through filing an unemployment claim and to answer questions. You can tune in at www.mass.gov/unemployment/townhall
Woburn Public Schools is offering free, grab-and-go bagged breakfast and lunch to ANY student in need
Pre-K through grade 12 students can go to the Altavesta Elementary School or Woburn Memorial High School on Mondays through Fridays from 8:30 AM to 1 PM during the entire period of school closure. Both meals can be picked up at once.
Lexington Public Schools is offering free meals to children ages 1 – 18 during the school closing as a result of the Covid-19 virus.
The packaged meals will be available at Lexington High School, 251 Waltham St, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Free meals will be served weekdays until school resumes.
Emergency Child Care (The Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care asks that you not contact an emergency child care program unless you require emergency, back-up, drop-in care. Priority must be given to people including but are not limited to: health care workers, essential state and human service workers, COVID-19 health workers, grocery store employees, emergency response personnel, law enforcement, transportation and infrastructure workers, sanitation workers, DCF-involved families, and families living in shelters.) *Please reach out to the program directly*
Woburn: YMCA Children's Center, 100 Sylvan Rd Suite G300, Woburn
If you are concerned that your employer is violating the earned sick time law, you can call the Attorney General’s Fair Labor Division hotline at 617-727-3465 (operating Mon-Fri 10am to 4pm), or file a complaint online.