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Here’s a Summary of the Legislature’s 2019-2020 Session

Budget, Tax, & Finance Economy Energy Health Care Costs HR & Employment Law News | January 11, 2021

The Massachusetts Legislature ended an extended 2019-2020 session on January 5 having passed significant laws dealing with everything from economic development to transportation to health care. What will the new laws mean to employers? And how will they influence the ability of the commonwealth’s economy to recover in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic? The […]

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Experts to Discuss Vaccine Implications for Employers

Economy Health Care Costs HR & Employment Law News | December 13, 2020

Dr. Michael Collins, the Chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Medical School, understands better than most people the importance of getting the new COVID-19 vaccines to residents in an efficient and effective manner. “Be assured, all pandemics have ended, and this one will, too,” Collins told the University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees last week. […]

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What a Biden Presidency Might Mean to Employers

Economy Energy HR & Employment Law International News | November 9, 2020

Joseph R. Biden, projected to become the 46th President of the United States, will take office at a singular moment in the history of a nation struggling to confront the convergence of a pandemic, an economic crisis and social upheaval. It’s also a singular moment for Massachusetts employers. The change of administrations in Washington will […]

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Could Employees Be the Next Owners of Your Company?

Economy HR & Employment Law News | November 5, 2020

Editor’s note: Daniel C. Kenary is Co-founder and CEO of Mass. Bay Brewing Company, Inc. (The Harpoon Brewery) and a former Board Chair of Associated Industries of Massachusetts. The crowd was unusually quiet and well-behaved for a Harpoon company meeting. It was a Wednesday afternoon in July 2014 in our Seaport Beer Hall.  The taps […]

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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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Phase Two Re-Opening to Begin Monday

Economy HR & Employment Law News | June 6, 2020

Retail stores, restaurants, hotels, warehouses, day-care centers and other businesses will begin to open their doors under strict safety guidelines Monday as Massachusetts begins the second stage of re-opening. Governor Charlie Baker said Saturday that the commonwealth’s efforts to moderate the effects of COVID-19 have progressed enough to start the Phase Two. The announcement was […]

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Be On Alert for National Unemployment Insurance Scam

Economy HR & Employment Law News | May 27, 2020

Associated Industries of Massachusetts today warned employers and workers to be on alert for a national scheme in which scammers are using stolen person information to file fraudulent unemployment claims in Massachusetts. The state Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development said Wednesday that criminal enterprises with access to stolen personal information from prior national […]

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Governor to Detail Re-Opening Plan; Manufacturing, Construction to Get Green Light

Economy HR & Employment Law News | May 15, 2020

The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. That’s what Massachusetts employers can expect today as Governor Charlie Baker announces details of a four-stage re-opening plan designed to allow the economy to get back up and running after the COVID-19 shutdown. The Baker Administration has been circumspect about what the governor will […]

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Help Former Employees Avoid Unemployment Insurance Scams

HR & Employment Law | April 21, 2020

It was probably only a matter of time before criminals began to sniff out opportunities to exploit unemployed workers as they apply for their regular and federally enhanced unemployment insurance (UI) benefits. Individual UI claimants and their employers need to be aware that UI claimant personal information may be used fraudulently. The US Department of […]

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State Begins Accepting Unemployment Claims from Gig Workers

Budget, Tax, & Finance Economy HR & Employment Law News | April 20, 2020

The Executive Office of Labor & Workforce Development (EOLWD) announced that claimants were able to file for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) beginning at 8:30 am today. PUA claimants can apply here.  The PUA is a program open to the following individuals: Self-employed individuals, including “gig” workers, freelancers, and independent contractors Those seeking part-time employment Claimants […]

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