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Baker: Flu Shot Push Based on Health-Care Feedback

State House News – Gov. Charlie Baker’s got a flu shot at a Roslindale CVS last week and pressed Massachusetts residents to get vaccinated against the flu this fall, which he said will be critical to prevent overburdening the state’s health care system with the flu and COVID-19, which share many symptoms. Baker has mandated that students…

Vaccine Developers Feel Impact of Being in the Spotlight

State House News – With pharmaceutical companies racing to find a COVID-19 vaccine and the world closely watching their progress, scientific experts stressed last week that the clinical trial process must play out in full before a safe immunization can reach the public. News about the latest vaccine and treatment developments is “front and center every…

Can an Employer Require a COVID Vaccine?

Wall Street Journal – It may be the better part of a year before a Covid-19 vaccine is available to the general U.S. public, but businesses are already wondering whether they can or should require their workforce to be vaccinated, say employment lawyers. Few companies outside the health-care industry require their staff to be vaccinated against the flu…

CDC Reverses Course on Testing Asymptomatic People

Politico – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now says that close contacts of people with COVID-19 should be tested, regardless of whether they have symptoms — reversing controversial recommendations it made last month, reportedly over the advice of agency scientists. CDC’s testing guidelines now bluntly counsel people who have been within six feet of…

Nauset Disposal’s Annual Trash Bash Shifting to Online Fundraiser for 2020

Nauset Disposal is disappointed to announce the cancellation of the 2020 in-person portion of its annual fundraiser Trash Bash due to COVID-19. However, recognizing that there is still a need in the Cape Cod Community, the company has decided to shift its efforts to an online fundraising campaign. Trash Bash 2020 will benefit Cape &…

2020 Orleans Flu Clinic – October 14, 2020

Wednesday October 14th from 9:00 am to 11:30 amAt the Orleans Department of Public Works Building, located at 40 Giddiah Hill RoadDue to COVID-19, for the protection of both the provider and recipient of the vaccine, this year’s clinic will be conducted as a drive through clinic. Pre-Registration is Required Registration is available online by going to…

Employers Face ‘Staggering’ Rise in Unemployment Taxes

State House News – With unemployment soaring, state lawmakers are considering ways to soften the blow from a major impending increase in the taxes employers pay toward the state’s unemployment system, a jump in costs that one business group described as a “pretty staggering.” With the unemployment insurance trust fund suddenly facing a multibillion-dollar deficit over…

State Disburses Final Lost Wages Assistance Benefits to Unemployment Claimants

Mass Insider – The Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA) has disbursed the sixth and final Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) $300 supplemental benefit to unemployment claimants in the commonwealth. The application for these federal supplemental unemployment benefits was submitted by the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), in coordination with the Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA).…

Corporate, Capital Gains Tax Hikes Favored in Poll

State House News – With crunch time for difficult and potentially painful budget decisions drawing nearer each day, advocates for greater state spending are touting survey results that they say show “overwhelming support” among Massachusetts voters for increasing taxes levied against corporations, annual household income over $1 million and investment profits. Raise Up Massachusetts, which…
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