Massachusetts has enacted legislation that provides additional unemployment compensation for employees affected by an employer’s lockout. The law will extend benefits 26 weeks beyond the regular unemployment compensation guidelines or until the end of the lockout, whichever is shorter. Massachusetts charges unemployment benefits in reverse chronological order, so additional payments may be charged to the employer who initiated the lockout. The law is not retroactive but will provide benefits to workers involved in long term lockouts in the future. The legislation was passed amid a National Grid lockout involving more than 1,200 employees that lasted from June 2018 to January 2019.