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Governor Baker, Legislative Leaders Announce Three Month Delay of Paid Family & Medical Leave Program

Implementation Now Set to Start October 1, 2019

Governor Charlie Baker, House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Senate President Karen Spilka released a joint statement Tuesday night to announce a three-month delay to the start of the new Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) program.  The program is funded by payroll tax collections from employers and employees, and those collections were scheduled to start on July 1.  The delay now means that collections will begin on October 1, 2019.

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LEGAL ALERT: SJC Decision Changes Overtime Requirements for 100% Commission Sales Employees

Does your business compensate any of its sales associates through a 100% commission sales model?  If so you may be violating the Massachusetts Wage and Hour laws under a recent decision by the Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) in the case of Laurita Sullivan v Sleepy’s LLC which concluded that 100% commission employees are entitled to receive additional and separate compensation for hours worked over 40 in a work week and for work performed on Sunday’s and certain holidays. 

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Small businesses are taking the rap on health care costs

When it comes to health care in Massachusetts, there’s good news and bad news. The good news? The state recently announced that individuals who buy health care through the Health Connector, our health care exchange, pay the second lowest premiums in the country. The bad news? According to the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission, small businesses and their employees in the state have the second highest premiums in the country..

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Paid Family and Medical Leave

Will you be ready?

Labor Lawyers Are Looking to Make an Example Out of a Business, Don’t Let it Be Yours!

Wednesday, June 26 at 8:30 AM
Dan'l Webster Inn, 149 Main Street. Sandwich

Wednesday, June 19 at 8:30 AM
Roudenbush Community Center, 65 Main Street, Westford

Paid family and medical leave law goes into effect in 3 months and you need to be prepared. This law impacts business of ALL sizes and even businesses with fewer than 25 workers must begin remitting contributions.  The new law is extraordinarily complex, and we want to help you understand it.

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NEW DATES ADDED:  RAM Members Encouraged to Attend Strategy Sessions

Wendy Hudson, Nantucket Bookworks and Co-Founder of Cisco Brewers, Nantucket (above left) and Judy Herrell, Herrell's Ice Cream, Northampton (above right) were sworn in Tuesday, May 13 to the Governor's Economic Planning Council.  The group is charged with developing an economic blueprint for MA.

RAM members are encouraged to attend an upcoming engagement session. These sessions are an opportunity to connect with local economic development leaders on their priorities as the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development (EOHED) writes a new economic development plan to be signed by the Governor at the end of this year. The new economic development strategy will guide the administration's legislative agenda.

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ConnectPay’s Guide to Understanding the
Paid Family Medical Leave Act of Massachusetts

Podcast series includes: An Introduction to PFML in MA, Paid Family Leave v. Paid Medical Leave in MA, What do Employers Need to Do Now and Employee Types and PFML.

 

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