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AIM Honors The BASE with 2020 Gould Education Award

Economy News | September 14, 2020

A Boston-based urban academy that combines sports, educational opportunities and career development is the recipient of the 2020 John Gould Education and Workforce Training Award from Associated Industries of Massachusetts. The BASE, founded in 2013 by community leader Robert Lewis Jr., has fielded some of the best baseball teams in the country and send a […]

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Business Confidence Rises Slightly in August

Economy News | September 7, 2020

Confidence among Massachusetts employers rose slightly during August amid continued uncertainty around the COVID-19 pandemic and its long-term effect on the state and national economies. The Associated Industries of Massachusetts Business Confidence Index (BCI) rose half a point to 46.3, resuming an uneven climb from its 2020 low of 38.4 at the height of the […]

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Massachusetts Exempts Four More States from Travel Restriction

Economy News | September 2, 2020

Massachusetts has added four states to its list of low-risk states that do not require travelers to fill out a form, undergo testing or quarantine. Under the Aug. 1 travel ban, anyone entering Massachusetts from other states is required to fill out a “Massachusetts Travel Form” and quarantine for two weeks unless s/he can produce […]

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Employers Have Short Window to Challenge Unemployment Charges

Budget, Tax, & Finance Economy News | August 20, 2020

Associated Industries of Massachusetts today alerted members to keep an eye out for their unemployment benefit charge statements for the month of July 2020 and to file any protests to those charges within 30 days. According to the Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA) all COVID-19 related benefit credits will be reflected on the July […]

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Governor Reduces Gathering Limits; Steps Up Enforcement

Economy News | August 7, 2020

Governor Charlie Baker today indefinitely postponed the next step of the Massachusetts re-opening plan and lowered the limit on outdoor gatherings as COVID-19 cases continue to edge up throughout the commonwealth. The announcement means that indoor theaters, performance venues and recreational areas scheduled to open in Step 2 of Phase 3 re-opening will have to […]

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Legislature Set to Negotiate Key Issues during Extended Session

Budget, Tax, & Finance Economy Energy Health Care Costs HR & Employment Law News | August 7, 2020

The Massachusetts Legislature will attempt to reach consensus on multiple issues affecting employers – from health care to transportation to economic development – during a lawmaking session that has been extended for six months because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The state House of Representatives and Senate traditionally wrap up formal business on July 31 of […]

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Business Confidence Weakens in July

Economy News | August 3, 2020

Confidence among Massachusetts employers weakened during July after two months of gains as the COVID-19 pandemic shrank the US economy at a 33 percent annual clip during the second quarter. The Associated Industries of Massachusetts Business Confidence Index (BCI) fell 3.2 points to 45.8, indicating a predominantly pessimistic outlook among businesses throughout the commonwealth. Confidence […]

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Next Stimulus Must Stabilize Unemployment Insurance System

Budget, Tax, & Finance Economy News | July 27, 2020

The new economic stimulus bill being discussed by Congress and the White House must provide money to shore up the Massachusetts unemployment insurance system and invest in long-term transportation infrastructure projects that create jobs, Associated Industries of Massachusetts said this morning. The largest business association in Massachusetts also called for the federal government to adjust […]

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Governor Issues Strict New Travel Order

Economy News | July 24, 2020

Governor Charlie Baker today issued a strict new travel order that requires visitors and Massachusetts residents returning home to quarantine for 14 days unless they are coming from a lower risk COVID-19 state or can produce a negative COVID-19 test result administered no more than 72 hours prior to arriving. Lower-risk states currently exempted from […]

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AIM to Honor Employer Resilience in New Program

Economy News | July 24, 2020

Editor’s Note – John Regan is President and Chief Executive Officer of Associated Industries of Massachusetts. I am pleased to share exciting news about the celebration of Massachusetts business that AIM has traditionally conducted at its annual meeting. AIM rescheduled from May 22 to October 2 the 2020 annual meeting at which we would have […]

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