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Child-Care Concerns Among Workers Pose Challenge for Massachusetts Employers

If you’re a Massachusetts employer, you know that your workers have one overriding concern these days: child care.Your best employees are attempting to patch together child care at a time when schools and day-care providers face an ever-changing landscape of in-person classes, Zoom sessions and socially distanced learning pods. Listen to our podcast as Brooke Thomson, Executive Vice President of Government Affairs at…

From the U.S. Chamber – COVID Litigation Threats Worry Businesses

Last Friday, Fox News reported on businesses’ worries about COVID-related lawsuits as they reopen. “Anytime there’s uncertainty in business, there’s an element of fear that’s naturally introduced,” Joe Shamess, owner of Flags of Valor and a U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Council member, told Fox News. “It doesn’t matter who’s wrong or right, the mere process…

After 51 years The Lobster Claw Restaurant in Orleans will close

Don & Marylou Berig to Retire and Close on September 13th After fifty-one years in the restaurant business, the Berig Family has made the tough decision to retire and close the Lobster Claw Restaurant on Sunday, September 13th. Originally purchased by Don and Marylou Berig in 1970, The Lobster Claw restaurant has been a staple for both summer visitors and year-round…

HPC Launches 19th Annual “Backpack-to-School” Program

The Homeless Prevention Council (HPC) is partnering with the Nauset Rotary Club, Orleans Police Department, and Staples for its 19th annual Backpack-to-School program. Each year, Backpack-to-School provides children in the eight towns of the Lower Cape (Brewster, Chatham, Eastham, Harwich, Orleans, Provincetown, Truro, and Wellfleet) with backpacks, school supplies, and gift cards to purchase sneakers.…

RogersGray takes #1 Spot as “Top Insurance Workplace” in the United States

Insurance Business America, a top industry publication, recently announced that RogersGray has been named as the #1 “Top Insurance Workplace” in the United States, for independent insurance agencies with 100-499 employees. To be considered a Top Insurance Workplace, organizations were invited to fill out an employer form to provide details on their various offerings and…

Scientists Observe Lasting Immunity in COVID Patients

The Boston Globe – Scientists who have been monitoring immune responses to the coronavirus are now starting to see encouraging signs of strong, lasting immunity, even in people who developed only mild symptoms of COVID-19, a flurry of new studies suggests. Disease-fighting antibodies, as well as immune cells called B cells and T cells that are…

Rules Set for School, Adult Sports

State House News – Football, competitive cheerleading, basketball, ice hockey and wrestling are among the activities assigned the highest risk level in new state guidance on youth and adult amateur sports, falling into a category where games, matches and competitive practices will only be allowed with new modifications in place. The guidance, from the Executive Office of…

Colleges Ask Students to Sign Waivers to Return to Campus

The Boston Globe reported that college students who want to return to campus this fall will have to first sign a form acknowledging they understand the dangers of COVID-19 and in some cases relinquish their right to take legal action if they get sick. Along with the code of conduct manuals and reminders to wear masks,…

Medical Transport Company Offers Mobile COVID-19 Testing

Capecod.com – Medical transportation company Coastal Medical Transportation Services has started a Safe Return Program to offer mobile COVID-19 testing. The company aims to have the program serve schools, nursing facilities, group homes and assisted living facilities, sports teams, businesses, and families who need testing for COVID-19. Spero Theoharidis, Executive Vice President of Operations for Coastal…

COVID-19 Spreading Fastest among Those in 20s, 30s

Commonwealth Magazine – COVID now appears to be spreading the fastest among people in their 20s and 30s, according to the Baker administration’s new weekly dashboard on the disease. Over a two-week period from July 26 through August 8, people ages 20 to 39 accounted for 41 percent of all COVID-19 cases. During that time frame, the…