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Administration Delays First-Quarter Unemployment Insurance Payments

Economy HR & Employment Law News | April 16, 2021

The Baker Administration today filed an emergency regulation pushing back the deadline for first-quarter unemployment insurance payments from April 30 until June 1, a move that will allow policy makers time to see if solutions exist to offset an unexpectedly high increase in solvency assessments. Employers will still be required to file their wage data […]

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AIM Urges Steps to Stabilize Unemployment Insurance System

Economy HR & Employment Law News | April 12, 2021

Associated Industries of Massachusetts last week again urged elected officials to use federal stimulus money to reduce the deficit in the state Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund as part of a broader effort to stabilize the unemployment system in Massachusetts.   Using some of the money the commonwealth will receive as part of the $1.9 trillion […]

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UI Freeze Represents Key Step for Economic Recovery

Economy HR & Employment Law News | April 2, 2021

Governor Charlie Baker yesterday signed a two-year Unemployment Insurance rate freeze, along with a tax benefit for small companies that borrowed money under the federal Paycheck Protection Program. The governor returned to the Legislature proposed changes to a COVID leave program for workers. The unemployment measure is great news for employers, who will avert a […]

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Senate President Seeks to Move State ‘Back to Better’

Budget, Tax, & Finance Economy Energy Health Care Costs HR & Employment Law News | March 26, 2021

Massachusetts Senate President Karen Spilka is inviting the business community to work with state lawmakers to create a post-pandemic future that is “back to better rather than back to normal.” The Ashland Democrat told the AIM Executive Forum this morning that the Senate has established several committees that will seek to re-imagine Massachusetts in areas […]

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AIM Congratulates Secretary of Labor Walsh

Economy HR & Employment Law News | March 22, 2021

The 3,300 member companies of Associated Industries of Massachusetts today congratulate former Boston mayor Marty Walsh on his Senate confirmation as United States Secretary of Labor.  Massachusetts and the nation are fortunate to have Secretary Walsh’s thoughtful and experienced leadership at the Department of Labor, an immensely important agency that oversees federal laws regarding occupational safety, wage-and-hour standards, unemployment and re-employment services. The department also […]

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State Expands Vaccine Eligibility

Economy HR & Employment Law News | March 17, 2021

Everyone in Massachusetts will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine by mid-April under a schedule announced this morning by Governor Charlie Baker. People 60 years of age and older, along with about 360,000 workers in a range of essential industries, will be able to get in line for shots starting Monday. Residents 55 years […]

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Women Mean Business

Economy HR & Employment Law News | March 8, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted nearly every aspect of our lives over the past year. One of its major impacts has been the toll it has taken on women in the workforce. Before the coronavirus pandemic, women made up slightly more than 50 percent of the American workforce, which makes sense given they are slightly […]

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Pink Slip: The Impact of COVID-19 on Women in the Workforce

Economy HR & Employment Law News | March 3, 2021

Editor’s Note – The following article appeared as an op-ed in today. It was written by Joanne Hilferty, Chair of the Board of Associated Industries of Massachusetts and President/CEO of Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries; Dan Kenary, immediate past chair of the AIM Board and CEO/Co-Founder of Mass Bay Brewing Company and Brooke Thomson, Executive […]

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AIM Renews Call to Freeze Unemployment Insurance Rates

Economy HR & Employment Law News | March 1, 2021

Associated Industries of Massachusetts is again calling for immediate passage of state legislation designed to shield employers from a potentially disastrous 60 percent increase in unemployment insurance (UI) rates this month. The legislation (H.55) would impose a two-year schedule freeze on employer UI rates at Schedule E for both 2021 and 2022, and allow the […]

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Regan: Priority for Massachusetts is Economic Recovery

Budget, Tax, & Finance Economy HR & Employment Law News | January 22, 2021

The unprecedented upheaval of 2020 will change the way we live and work for years to come, AIM President and Chief Executive Officer John Regan said Friday. Regan punctuated the annual State of Massachusetts Business Address with a call for state policymakers to support the recovery of an economy that remains fragile in the wake of […]

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