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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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State Updates Key Dates for Tax-Relief Programs

Budget, Tax, & Finance Economy News | May 6, 2021

The Massachusetts Department of Revenue (DOR) today announced changes to the administrative tax relief provided to certain businesses in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.   Monthly filing and payment remittance will resume starting June 30, 2021 for vendors and operators and continue going forward starting with returns and payments for May, 2021 tax collections.   The department is also extending the previously announced deferral of regular sales tax, meals tax, and room […]

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Business Confidence Remains Flat in April

Economy News | May 3, 2021

Business confidence was virtually unchanged during April even as the Massachusetts economy surged with business re-openings, federal stimulus money and widespread distribution of COVID vaccines. The Associated Industries of Massachusetts Business Confidence Index (BCI) fell 0.2 points to 60.7 last month after surging more than 10 points during the first quarter of 2021. The reading […]

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AIM Honors Vaccine Pioneers with 2021 Vision Award

Economy News | May 2, 2021

Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM) announced today that it will present its 2021 Vision Award to biopharmaceutical pioneers Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca for their extraordinary efforts to develop multiple COVID-19 vaccines in less than a year. The four companies, all with strong research and production ties to Massachusetts, took a vaccine development […]

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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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Author, Entrepreneur Honored with 2021 Gould Award

Economy News | April 22, 2021

Michèle Dufresne carries many titles – acclaimed children’s book author, teacher, consultant, entrepreneur and CEO. She now adds another title to her collection – winner of the 2021 AIM John Gould Education and Workforce Training Award. AIM announced today that it will honor Dufresne and her company, Pioneer Valley Books of Northampton, for their longtime […]

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A Defining Moment for those who Value Justice

News | April 21, 2021

Editor’s note – The following statement was issued by John Regan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Associated Industries of Massachusetts. The guilty verdicts in the George Floyd murder trial are a defining moment for the family of George Floyd, those of us who support the Black community and all who value justice.  We realize […]

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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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New Commonwealth Fund Honored with Inaugural AIM Latimer Award

Economy News | April 14, 2021

Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM) today announced the creation of the Lewis Howard Latimer Award to be presented annually to a Massachusetts innovator, organization or business leader who has broken barriers to innovate and create economic opportunity. The award honors Lewis Latimer, a Chelsea-born Black inventor who in 1882 patented a method for the production […]

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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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