Under Senate Bill 2618, signed into law on May 26, 2020 by Governor Charlie Baker, Massachusetts employers are not to be charged for unemployment benefit claims related to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Under the measure, benefits charges are not to be included in the calculation of an employer’s unemployment tax rate when an employee separates for reasons related to the virus or because of the state emergency declaration issued March 10, 2020. Virus-related benefits instead are to be charged to the state unemployment solvency account.
The relief applies to benefits paid since March 10, 2020. The provisions are effective until May 26, 2021, or 180 days after the end of the emergency declaration period, whichever is later.
Our office will be monitoring these situations closely and will send out additional announcements or make postings on our website (https://thomas-and-company.com/covid-19/) as we become aware of new developments.