Q31 – Do I have to self-quarantine if I travel out of state?

Yes.  Mercury continues to follow the Massachusetts guidelines in responding to COVID-19.  This includes guidelines for travel to and from Massachusetts.  The latest Massachusetts travel order went into effect on August 1st. If you travel out of state, here is what you need to know:  You are strongly encouraged to review the new Massachusetts guidelines (found here) as violations are subject to

Q30 – How long will we use the WorkShare program?

We will continue to use the WorkShare program as long as it is effective.  This program can help us stay together and stay strong as a company while simultaneously providing additional financial support to every team member.  To ensure the success of the program:  We must all come together as a family!  There are some value streams that

Q29 – What are the specific details of Mercury’s WorkShare program?

Below are some of the key details of the program:  The Mercury WorkShare program will begin on June 8th Eligibility for unemployment benefits will begin one week after the start of the program  The work hours for all team members will stay at 32 hours/week  Team members will keep their current employment status

Q28 – What is the WorkShare program and why are we using it now?

WorkShare is a program provided by the state of Massachusetts to help companies and their employees during economic slowdowns.  The program allows companies to reduce work hours based on lower customer demand while allowing employees to collect unemployment benefits to supplement their lower earnings.  Since the end of April, we have been on a 32-hour work schedule with everyone receiving an additional 8 hours

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