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Reflections on the Juneteenth Holiday

Economy HR & Employment Law News | 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 News | 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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Massachusetts Reinstates Work-Search Requirement for Unemployment

Economy HR & Employment Law News | May 20, 2021

Massachusetts next month will reinstate the requirement that people who collect unemployment benefits must actively search for a job, a move that is expected to draw more people into the workforce. Governor Charlie Baker today rescinded an emergency regulation that had previously waived the work-search requirement. Starting June 13 claimants collecting unemployment will be required […]

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Employers May Now Arrange Vaccines for Workers

Economy HR & Employment Law News | May 12, 2021

The Baker Administration announced today that Massachusetts employers may now arrange COVID-19 vaccines for their workers by either booking dedicated slots at vaccination sites or hosting on–site vaccine clinics.   Option 1: Group Appointment at Mass Vaccination Locations Employers may request a block of appointments at any of the commonwealth’s mass vaccination sites. Employers should fill out this form to reserve slots for their employees. Employers may help to register […]

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Commerce Secretary Raimondo to Keynote AIM Annual Meeting

Budget, Tax, & Finance Economy HR & Employment Law International News | April 27, 2021

US Commerce Secretary and former Rhode Island Governor Gina M. Raimondo will keynote the 2021 Associated Industries of Massachusetts annual meeting on May 14, the statewide business association announced this morning. The nation’s top economic policymaker is expected to discuss the Biden Administration’s efforts to stimulate the US economy and lay the groundwork for building […]

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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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