Q23 – Should I cover my face at work?

Yes.  Starting Monday, May 11th, we must all wear face coverings at Mercury to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.    Many cities and states, including Massachusetts, have passed executive orders requiring face coverings in public places where social distancing is not possible.  While the Massachusetts order does not technically apply to Mercury (because we are private property and

Q25 – Am I eligible for unemployment benefits?

It depends.  Because Mercury is open and there is work available, you are generally not eligible for regular Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits.  (Mercury has not had any layoffs or furloughs.)  Depending on your unique situation, you may be eligible for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits.  An overview of the different programs can be found here.  The full details of the various unemployment programs and benefits continue to change and evolve.  Eligibility for unemployment is unique

Q26 – Why is Mercury reducing work hours from 40 to 32 hours per week?

The reduction in scheduled hours is in coordination with some of our key customers and is based on lower demand from their customers.  When the pandemic first started, many customers ordered extra materials because they expected there to be shortages.  (A bit like hoarding toilet paper!)  As a result, some customers

Q24 – I have been travelling out of the country, can I come into Mercury as soon as I return?

No.  Please do not return to Mercury immediately after returning to the US from another country.  According to CDC guidelines, you must self-quarantine for 14 days after travelling internationally… even if you have no symptoms.  The full CDC guidelines can be found here.  During the 14 days of self-quarantine, you may be eligible for Paid Sick Leave at your regular