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Government Issues Vaccine Mandate for Large Employers

Economy HR & Employment Law News | September 9, 2021

Private employers with 100 or more workers will be required to mandate COVID-19 vaccines or weekly testing under a rule announced this afternoon by President Joe Biden. The rule, which will be issued in the next several weeks through the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), could impact as many as 80 million workers. Companies […]

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Boston Businesses Open to the Public Face Mask Mandate

Economy HR & Employment Law News | August 24, 2021

Employees and customers of Boston businesses that are open to the public – including restaurants and retail establishments – will be required to wear masks beginning Friday under a new mandate imposed by Acting Mayor Kim Janey.  The mandate is part of the city’s “Five-Point Plan for the Delta Variant” and was issued in response […]

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Governor Proposes Using $1 Billion for Unemployment System

Budget, Tax, & Finance HR & Employment Law News | August 18, 2021

Governor Charlie Baker today proposed to use $1 billion of a budget surplus from last fiscal year to pay down the deficit in the state unemployment insurance system. The governor characterized the payment as a first step toward addressing an estimated $5 billion gap in the state fund used to pay jobless claims. Associated Industries […]

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AIM, Salary.com Collaborate on Compensation Surveys

HR & Employment Law News | July 29, 2021

The AIM Wage Survey has a new look, a new partner and data that will allow member companies to measure their compensation in a hyper-competitive hiring market. AIM announced today that it has established a partnership with Salary.com to provide members with up-to-date wage and salary information for hundreds of job titles in Massachusetts and […]

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State Sends Re-Calculated Unemployment Insurance Rates

Economy HR & Employment Law News | July 16, 2021

The state has re-calculated unemployment insurance (UI) taxes for 2021 to reflect a law passed in May to moderate staggering COVID-related increases to the UI solvency fund. The Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance notified employers Thursday that it has removed COVID-19 related charges from the solvency fund and charged them to a newly created COVID-19 […]

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State Accepting Applications for Sick-Leave Reimbursement

Economy HR & Employment Law News | July 8, 2021

Editor’s note – The Massachusetts Executive Office of Administration and Finance issued the following statement today: Massachusetts is now accepting applications from employers for reimbursement of their costs in granting Massachusetts emergency paid sick leave.  To recap, from Friday, May 28, 2021, until September 30, 2021 or the exhaustion of $75 million in program funds […]

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AIM Seeks Improvements to Paid Leave Law

Economy HR & Employment Law News | July 1, 2021

As the final phase of the Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) law takes effect today, Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM) is calling on lawmakers to make improvements to the program. Employees throughout the commonwealth may use their PFML benefits as of today to care for a family member with a serious health condition. […]

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Non-Profits Gain Extension on Pandemic Unemployment Bills

Economy HR & Employment Law News | June 30, 2021

Non-profit organizations and other entities that self-insure their unemployment insurance (UI) now have two extra months to pay their pay their UI bills for the period August 2020 through March 2021.   The Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA) issued notices to reimbursable or self-insured employers on June 29 confirming their UI bills for the August-March period […]

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Reflections on the Juneteenth Holiday

Economy HR & Employment Law | June 17, 2021

Associated Industries of Massachusetts and the commonwealth’s business community join with our fellow citizens in celebrating the first official state observance of Juneteenth, which commemorates the day in 1865 that the last enslaved people held in Galveston, Texas learned of their freedom, two years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. The day is […]

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Bringing People Back into the Workforce

Economy HR & Employment Law | May 26, 2021

As the Massachusetts economy re-opens, employers across all sectors are struggling to fill job openings. The problem is a national one – even as the COVID-19 pandemic recedes, millions of Americans are not returning to work for a variety of reasons and employers cannot meet their hiring needs. In a survey conducted by Associated Industries of Massachusetts in late March, […]

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