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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley is seeking donations for a new fund aimed at helping "the families of hospitality, retail and other hourly workers, those experiencing homelessness, and children relying on school for one or more meals each day." Read more.
WGBH reports an agency that places foreign au pairs with US families says it will no longer place au pairs in Massachusetts now that federal courts have upheld a state law requiring they be paid at least the state minimum wage. It's a different agency than the one an au pair recently sued for back wages.
An au pair who worked in Middlesex County is seeking at least $10 million for herself and roughly 500 other au pairs in a suit against the California concern that brought them to Massachusetts, now that a federal court has upheld the legality of a Massachusetts law that requires au pairs earn at least the state minimum wage. Read more.
A federal appeals court today dismissed a lawsuit by a private agency that places au pairs in Massachusetts - and two families that have used its services - against the state Attorney General's office, which had determined their clients should have to pay foreign au pairs at least the state minimum wage of $12 an hour, rather than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. Read more.