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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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Surge of 1099 Jobless Filings Poses Risk for Employers

Budget, Tax, & Finance Economy HR & Employment Law International | April 15, 2020

An expected surge of unemployment insurance applications from independent contractors poses a significant legal threat to employers in Massachusetts and elsewhere. The federal CARES Act extends pandemic unemployment insurance benefits for the first time to independent contractors whose work has ceased or been substantially reduced by COVID-19. The problem, according to experts, is that many […]

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State Announces Implementation of Unemployment Benefits from Federal CARES Act

Economy HR & Employment Law News | April 9, 2020

The Baker Administration today announced details for the initial implementation of federal unemployment benefits in the CARES Act, the federal based COVID-19 relief package. The CARES Act, enacted on March 27, will be administered by states. Today’s announcement reflects the first set of partial guidance that Massachusetts will immediately implement to support unemployed workers. The […]

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State Issues Guidance on Private Options for Paid Leave

HR & Employment Law News | April 9, 2020

It’s easy to forget amid the upheaval of the COVID-19 crisis that Massachusetts remains on target to begin its paid family and medical leave (PFML) program on January 1, 2021. Among the uncertainties for employers has been the process of opting out of the state system and covering their family and medical leave obligations through […]

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COVID-19 News and Updates

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

State and federal governments continue to pass measures and issue orders to address the medical and economic fallout from the COVID-19 issue. Here is a summary for employers. If you have questions regarding these or other public policy issues, please contact a member of the AIM Government Affairs Team. October 22 Finance Secretary to Discuss […]

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