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Business Community Statement Decries Racism

News | July 9, 2020

Associated Industries of Massachusetts today joined 25 other statewide business associations in issuing a statement on systemic racism and discrimination: “As a community of business associations, representing tens of thousands of employers across the Commonwealth, we mourn the losses and honor the memories of George Floyd, Rayshard Brooks, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and the countless […]

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Employer Confidence Rises in June

Budget, Tax, & Finance Economy News | July 6, 2020

Business confidence continued to rebound during June as Massachusetts methodically re-opened its economy and COVID-19 cases surged elsewhere in the country. The Associated Industries of Massachusetts Business Confidence Index rose 6.9 points to 49.0, just a point shy of the level that denotes an optimistic outlook among employers. The increase, which came three months after […]

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Theaters, Casinos, Gyms May Open on Monday

Economy News | July 2, 2020

Museums, fitness centers, movie theaters, casinos and other businesses will be able to open their doors Monday under the third phase of the state’s four-step process to re-open the economy. Governor Charlie Baker announced today. Phase 3 will begin everywhere except in the City of Boston, where it will begin on July 13. “These employers […]

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North American Trade Agreement Takes Effect

International News | July 1, 2020

The United States Mexico Canada (USMCA) Trade Agreement—the “new NAFTA”—goes into effect today. The USMCA modernizes the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which originated in January 1994. Canada and Mexico are among the top three trading partners for Massachusetts, representing billions of dollars in cross-border business.  This trilateral trade relationship is one of the […]

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Hilferty Re-Elected AIM Board Chair; 14 Directors Return to Board

News | June 21, 2020

AIM members last week re-elected 14 members of the organization’s Board of Directors in electronic balloting that was affirmed Friday during a special virtual meeting of the membership. The board separately re-elected Chair Joanne Hilferty to a second term and named 14 members of the board to serve on the AIM Executive Committee. The 2020 election […]

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Indoor Dining, Increased Office Capacity Set for Monday

Economy News | June 20, 2020

“Table for two” may be a common refrain across Massachusetts on Monday as restaurants resume indoor table service and offices ramp up to 50 percent of capacity as part of the next phase of the state’s re-opening plan. Governor Charlie Baker announced yesterday that Step Two of Phase II of the commonwealth’s re-opening plan will begin […]

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The World of Tomorrow Cannot Look Like the World of Today

Economy News | June 13, 2020

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter.” Martin Luther King Jr. Together we mourn the deaths of George Floyd, Rayshard Brooks, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and so many others. We stand in solidarity with their families and their communities. The 3,500 members of Associated Industries of Massachusetts […]

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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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AIM Backs Program to Help Companies with Energy Bills

Energy News | June 5, 2020

Associated Industries of Massachusetts has expressed support for a new program that will assist companies that have fallen behind on gas or electricity payments during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) had already issued a directive to utilities prohibiting shutoffs during the pandemic for past-due accounts. The new proposal is designed […]

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Business Confidence Rises in May

Economy News | June 1, 2020

Business confidence ticked up slightly in May as Massachusetts employers welcomed the re-opening of the state economy after the COVID-19 shutdown. The Associated Industries of Massachusetts Business Confidence Index gained 3.7 points to 42.1 two months after suffering the largest one-time decline in its history. The increase left the Index 15 points lower than in […]

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