Archive November 2020
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Happy Thanksgiving - Today, we take a moment for the Funeral Director's Annual Thanksgiving Prayer. We also take this time to remember nearly 50 MFDA members, their family members, and friends of the Massachusetts Funeral Service Community who were honored on October 22nd during the annual Service of Remembrance during NFDA's virtual convention. [Learn More]
News You Can Use: November 24, 2020
This week we address the question of processing fetal deaths in EDRS. We also outline: Your responsibilities regarding unclaimed cremated remains; Other options for finding military records when obtaining personnel records from the VA's National Personnel Records Center are delayed; Upcoming OSHA training options; and New messaging from the state about wearing masks. [Learn More]
News You Can Use: November 23, 2020
This week we explain the workplace guidance for when a COVID-19 exposure has occurred, what defines a close contact, and when you should quarantine and/or get tested. 62 Communities are Designated Red, High-Risk and OSHA Training continues in December. [Learn More]
News You Can Use: November 13, 2020
This week we clarify the Massachusetts travel order and how it applies to mourners coming to the state for a funeral or memorial service. We also let you know: which communities are currently designated "higher-risk"; there's a simplified form if you're applying for forgiveness of a PPP loan of $50,000 or less; there's an OSHA Alert about proper workplace ventilation; there are three OSHA On-Call Sessions coming up; and a reminder to be aware of counterfeit PPE, notably N95 respirators. [Learn More]
News You Can Use: November 06, 2020
News You Can Use: 11/06/2020 -- This week we let you know that new restrictions on group gatherings do not affect your funeral establishment. Businesses are covered under sector-specific guidelines. Cemeteries may be affected, and you should check with your all your local cemeteries on their policies. We also:
- Share information on free COVID-19 testing sites across the state;
- Share a message from the National Cemetery in Bourne regarding gathering sizes;
- Note changes to community-level data and how it's determined;
- Urge you to check your account with the Department of Unemployment Administration regularly for fraudulent activity; and
- Share a column from retired Funeral Director Stephen Rocco on the Privilege of Our Profession.
News You Can Use: October 30, 2020
News You Can Use: This week we answer your questions about when face masks are mandatory. We also provide information about:
- Accessing New England Institute transcripts from UMass Amherst;
- Weekly data - more than one-third of the state is higher-risk now;
- What to do if you're a victim of unemployment fraud;
- Changes at the Boston Burial Permits office; and
- What to say after pregnancy loss/stillbirth.
News You Can Use: October 23, 2020
News You Can Use: 10/23/2020 -- This week, we track the towns added to the "red" higher-risk designation for COVID-19 infection rates as cases continue to climb again in Mass. We also provide:
- A reminder to email military requests using the updated form (provided);
- The CDC has redefined "close contact";
- NFDA General Counsel provides an update on the possible Funeral Rule review;
- Funeral Homes have been hit by fraudulent unemployment claims - keep an eye on your account!
- Some ballots will count after death this year.
News You Can Use: October 15, 2020News You Can Use: 10/15/2020 -- There are now 63 cities in towns in Massachusetts designated as high-risk, due to a rising number of positive COVID-19 cases. Additionally, the state's rate of infection has risen to 8.7 per 100,000, potentially putting Massachusetts as a whole back in the high-risk category. [Learn More]
News You Can Use: October 09, 2020
MFDA announces OSHA training dates for license renewal. The OSHA training plus our free home-study course will allow you to complete CEUs for the year. We also answer some FAQs about OSHA training. Take a look at Stuart Mulhane's antique Model T hearse; and share a report that says funeral directors, as essential first responders, should be among the first people eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine. [Learn More]
News You Can Use: October 09, 2020
MFDA announces OSHA training dates for license renewal. The OSHA training plus our free home-study course will allow you to complete CEUs for the year. We also:
- Answer some FAQs about OSHA training;
- Take a look at Stuart Mulhane's antique Model T hearse that is featured in the current issue of The Professional Car magazine; and
- share a report that says funeral directors, as essential first responders, should be among the first people eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine.