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By adamg - 10/8/20 - 10:26 am

The Massachusetts Attorney General's office reports fining the Red Hat, 9 Bowdoin St. $79,790 for "violating the state’s wage and hour and earned sick time laws." Read more.

By adamg - 8/5/20 - 10:42 am

Boston University advised faculty and staff today it's taking a number of steps to reduce the odds of any airborne Covid-19 infecting people who have to spend time in its buildings - including dorms - as the school re-opens. Read more.

By adamg - 7/23/20 - 2:53 pm

Above the Law reports Boston-based Ropes & Gray recently told associates to remove TikTok from their phones - even their personal phones, if they use those to connect to the firm's e-mail and case systems. Seems the firm is concerned that the app could phone home with at least some of the contents of the phones - including potentially sensitive client information.

By adamg - 7/20/20 - 11:17 am

Workers at the Whole Foods stores on River Street and Alewife Parkway - including one who says she was fired from the River Street store on Friday - have filed what they hope will be a class-action discrimination suit against the chain over the issue of being sent home if they show up for work with masks reading "Black Lives Matter." Read more.

By adamg - 7/13/20 - 11:09 am
Listing of Covid-19-related jobs at Boston University

Some of the Covid-19 job postings at BU today.

Both Boston University and Northeastern are looking to hire nurses, lab technicians, medical assistants and contact tracers as part of their ambitious plans to test thousands of students, professors and staff every day come this fall. Read more.

By adamg - 6/18/20 - 12:30 pm

Boston University President Robert Brown yesterday detailed more of the steps the school will be taking to tamp down any potential Covid-19 infections as school re-opens this fall. Among the steps: Required weekly Covid-19 tests for students who live on campus, their professors and any other BU employees who have regular contact with students - as well as for any students and employees who take public transit to and from the school. Read more.

By adamg - 5/29/20 - 1:24 pm

Boston Public Schools yesterday eliminated the positions of ten curriculum directors at its Bolling Building headquarters as part of a shift toward school-centric teacher development. Read more.

By adamg - 5/19/20 - 5:54 pm

Boston University President Robert Brown today told professors and staffers that uncertainties and new expenses caused by Covid-19 are forcing the school to stop contributions towards their retirement - in addition to instituting a previously announced salary freeze. Read more.

By adamg - 5/19/20 - 1:29 pm

COVID-19 Media Availability 5/19/20

Mayor Walsh said today that office buildings in Boston will re-open a week later than in the state because the sheer potential crush of people going back to work here means the city needs to spend some extra time working with office-building owners and employers to ensure things are done safely. And he urged barbers, salon owners and religious leaders to think long and hard about whether they're really ready to re-open safely. Read more.

By adamg - 5/14/20 - 5:01 pm

WBUR reports on the latest figures, which include both people who have filed for traditional unemployment insurance and nearly a quarter-million people filing under the new "pandemic" insurance, which covers freelancers and gig workers - so we've now surpassed the numbers from the 2008-2009 recession.

By adamg - 5/5/20 - 9:13 pm

In a letter to the Harvard community today, university Executive Vice President Kate Lapp said that a university commitment to keep dining, custodial and security workers employed through May 25 has been extended to June 25, but cautioned that with Covid-19-related losses now expected to reach more than $1 billion, the school might have to look at the possibility of "furloughs and layoffs of some members of our workforce." Read more.

By adamg - 4/24/20 - 3:15 pm

COVID-19 Update: April 24, 2020

Gov. Baker said today - again - that he does not want to even talk about how to re-open shut parts of the state's economy until after we see some consistent data that we are past the current Covid-19 surge, like declining Covid-19 hospitalization rates for a couple of weeks. Read more.

By adamg - 4/21/20 - 2:21 pm

Greg Cook reports that with no more money coming in from visitors due to the Covid-19 shutdown, the museum has laid off 122 and furloughed another 250.

By adamg - 4/18/20 - 11:23 am
Maps showing Covid-19 and healthcare employment rates

Rate of positive coronavirus test results and map showing highest concentration of healthcare workers

Boston Public Health Commission figures released yesterday show that, once again, Hyde Park has the highest rate of residents who have tested positive for Covid-19.

Compare the BPHC map with a map (4.5M PDF) from a new Boston Planning and Development Agency report on the economic impacts of Covid-19 that shows the percentages of residents by census tract who work in "healthcare and social assistance." Read more.

By adamg - 4/13/20 - 2:23 pm

WBUR reports how action by a union worked to get some 6,500 workers at state facilities more pay - $5 to $10 an hour depending on position - in the face of a deadly pandemic.

By adamg - 4/6/20 - 3:35 pm

With an initial donation of $25,000, the Main Streets programs in Allston Village and Brighton have created Workers Relief Funds for local workers in Allston and Brighton who have lost their jobs due to coronavirus. Read more.

By perruptor - 4/4/20 - 6:41 pm

Dr. Anne Klibanski, the president and chief executive officer of Partners HealthCare sent an email to Partners employees.

By adamg - 3/30/20 - 10:42 am

The Supreme Judicial Court and the Board of Bar Examiners announced today that the Massachusetts bar exam, originally scheduled for July 28 and July 29, has been postponed until sometime in the fall, due to Covid-19 concerns.

The exact new dates have yet to be determined.

By Bette - 3/18/20 - 8:08 pm

Does anyone have experience with unemployment? Specifically for restaurant staff that has been laid off this week? Yes, I have tried contacting the office which is impossible right now.

To receive benefits you must prove you are actively looking for work. The restaurant industry is entirely closed, how on earth can any of us look for work?

By adamg - 3/16/20 - 11:56 pm
Layoff notice to BSC staff, including general managers

Boston Sports Clubs told workers today that when the clubs closed for the interim today, they would be laid off. The chain's Web site alerts members about the shutdown but doesn't say anything about suspending monthly memberships until the clubs can re-open. Read more.

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