By Maura Healey | March 19, 2020
These are incredibly stressful times and I wanted to check in with you. In the midst of this crisis, it is critical that we keep up to date with available information and stick together.
Please make sure you are taking care of yourself and your loved ones during this public health emergency. Call your friends and family, particularly senior citizens and those with health conditions, to check in on how they’re doing and if they need help.
I also want you to know that you’re not alone. We are all experiencing this crisis together. So we all must stick together. I’ve come to find that moments like these are when we see the very best of people. The people of Massachusetts are kind, empathetic, and selfless. Let’s come together to support one another.
You can rest assured that the people’s law firm – the Attorney General’s Office – is here for you. We may be working remotely, but we will never stop working for you. I’ve included several resources below to help.
- Earned Sick Time. Massachusetts workers must earn at least one hour of sick leave for every 30 hours worked. Most workers are entitled to up to 40 hours of sick time per year. If your employer is violating the law, call the AG’s Fair Labor Division at 617-727-3465 or file a complaint online. More information can be found here, including multilingual options.
- Scams. Bad actors are attempting to exploit this crisis for their own monetary gain. We’re not going to let them. Be on the lookout for high-priced or low-quality products, Coronavirus scams, false or misleading information, and fraudulent charities. Please report scams immediately by filing a complaint.
- Health Care. The Massachusetts Health Connector opened a special enrollment period until April 25th for uninsured residents to sign up for health care coverage. Learn more here. You can also get your health care questions answered by the AG’s Health Care Division.
- Immigrant Rights. The Trump Administration recently clarified that accessing COVID-19 testing and treatment will not make an immigrant a “public charge.” The full notice can be read here. I will continue to fight for the complete withdrawal of the rule.
You can find more information on the office’s Coronavirus Resources hub. The office will be updating this page as the situation develops. You can also call at 617-727-2200. We are here for you. We will get through this together. Be safe and stay vigilant.