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.
COVID-19 and Masks: Updated Guidance from OSHA and Massachusetts
On the heels of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (“CDC”) revised guidance that fully-vaccinated people no longer need to wear masks in many indoor or outdoor settings, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) announced May 17th …[ load webpage to read more ]
US Department of Labor Withdraws Independent Contractor Rule
On May 6, 2021, President Biden’s administration halted implementation of a rule published under the Trump administration which would have made it easier for businesses to classify workers as independent contractors instead of employees. The Trump regulation was supported by …[ load webpage to read more ]
Employer Tax Credits for Employee Paid Leave Due to COVID-19 Applies to Government Entities
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently published guidance defining “Eligible Employer” for purposes of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) tax credits. Under ARPA, certain employers can claim refundable tax credits that reimburse them for the costs of providing …[ load webpage to read more ]
COVID-19 Mandates in the Workplace
As we pass the one year anniversary of the COVID-19 Pandemic, new rules regarding COVID-19 mandates in the workplace are imminent. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) is preparing an Emergency Temporary Standard (the “Emergency Standard”) to better protect …[ load webpage to read more ]
American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 and the anticipated Massachusetts COVID-19 Emergency Paid Leave
In lieu of our annual Employment Law Seminar, Mirick O’Connell’s Labor, Employment and Employee Benefits attorneys are hosting a Spring Webinar Series focusing on hot topics in employment law. Attorney Kim Rozak and I presented the second program in the …[ load webpage to read more ]
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 ]