Cheryl A. Spakauskas
Cheryl is a paralegal in the Labor, Employment and Employee Benefits Group. She works with the attorneys in the Group in the representation of public school districts, municipalities and other public entities as well as private employers in labor and employment law. Cheryl specializes in school and public-sector law, assisting attorneys in labor negotiations; arbitrations; Civil Service Commission, Department of Labor Relations and National Labor Relations Board matters. She also has significant experience in preparing Affirmative Action Plans for employers with federal contracts.
Cheryl graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a bachelor's degree in Legal Studies and a minor in Latin. She has served as chair of the Worcester County Bar Association Utilization of Paralegals Committee, as president of the Central Massachusetts Paralegal Association, and on the Advisory Board for Paralegal Studies at Assumption College and for Mount Wachusett Community College. She has also served as a member of Mirick O'Connell's Paralegal Committee.
In 2016, Cheryl received Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly's "Excellence in the Law" award.
DOL Publishes Model Notices for COBRA Subsidies
As we previously reported, on March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (“ARPA”) into law, which includes a COBRA premium assistance program. Pursuant to ARPA, the Department of Labor (DOL) was instructed to issue model notices …[ load webpage to read more ]
American Rescue Plan Act Contains COBRA Subsidies
On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (“ARPA” or the “Act”) into law. The Act creates a six-month subsidy period, from April 1, 2021 to September 30, 2021, during which individuals who lost health …[ load webpage to read more ]
The American Rescue Plan and Paid Leave: What Employers Need to Know
On March 10, 2021, Congress passed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. President Biden is expected to sign the Act into law by March 14, 2021. Employers are rightfully eager to learn whether the Act extends the Families First …[ load webpage to read more ]
Massachusetts Federal Court Denies Motion to Dismiss Defamation Claim After Employee is Escorted Out of Work Following Termination
By: Jonathan Sigel, Esq. and Ashlyn Dowd, Esq. The Federal District Court of Massachusetts recently denied a defendant company’s motion to dismiss a defamation claim following the termination of the company’s Vice President. The plaintiff former employee, Sandra Madden, was …[ load webpage to read more ]
EEOC Opinion Letter: Older Workers Benefit Protection Act (OWBPA)
On January 14, 2021, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) finally issued an opinion letter addressing the long standing issue of whether information about non-U.S. citizen employees working outside of the United States must be included in the information disclosure …[ load webpage to read more ]
Link Fixed! Minimum Wage Increases to $13.50 Per Hour While Holiday and Sunday Premium Pay for Retail Employees Continues Down The Path To Abolishment
As of January 1, 2021, the minimum wage for regular employees (i.e., non-tipped minimum wage employees) increased to $13.50 per hour. The minimum wage is scheduled to increase twice more, to $14.25 and $15.00 per hour, on January 1, 2022 …[ load webpage to read more ]
President Biden Issues Executive Order Regarding Workplace Discrimination
That was quick! On his first day in office, President Joseph Biden issued the Executive Order on Preventing and Combating Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation. With the Executive Order, President Biden instructed each federal agency …[ load webpage to read more ]
COVID-19 Related Updates for Massachusetts Employers
New COVID Relief Bill On Monday, December 21, 2020 the United States Congress passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, which includes several provisions aimed at providing COVID-19 relief (the “Relief Bill”). As public employers and employers with less than 500 …[ load webpage to read more ]
EEOC Releases Guidance on Mandatory Vaccinations
With Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine receiving emergency approval from the FDA, and emergency approval for Moderna’s vaccine expected shortly, many employers are wondering whether they can require employees to receive the vaccine once it becomes available to the general public. On December …[ load webpage to read more ]
Massachusetts’ Sector Specific Workplace Safety Standards for Office Spaces Updated
Governor Baker’s administration updated Massachusetts’ Sector Specific Workplace Specific Safety Standards for Office Spaces to Address COVID-19 (the “Standards”). While all employers operating office spaces are advised to review the complete Standards, key provisions are: Face coverings: workers and visitors …[ load webpage to read more ]