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Paid Family and Medical Leave Update

The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (EOLWD) recently concluded a series for listening sessions across Massachusetts to collect feedback from the public on pre-draft regulations for the state’s new Family and Medical Leave Program.  EOLWD will now review all public comments, revise the proposed regulations, and on March 29th publish official draft regulations for public comment and hearing (date to be determined).  

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The Baker Administration Wants to Change the Sales & Meals Tax Remittance Process & Deadline… 

Contact your Legislators TODAY & Tell Them it’s a BAD IDEA!

Unfortunately, Gov. Charlie Baker’s FY20 state budget proposal proposes changes to the state’s sales and meals tax collection and remittance process.  Currently, vendors collect and remit MA sales tax by the 20th day of the following month. 

The Governor has proposed changes directing the Department of Revenue (DOR) to -- by regulation -- require a preliminary remittance prior to the due date of the sales tax return, for vendors who annually remit in excess of $100,000 in sales tax.  And this includes sales tax on meals, and the local option meals tax.

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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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Register to Attend Small Business Day on Beacon Hill

May 9, 2019 -- 9:00 am - 12 pm

Parker House, Boston

Opening Remarks & Legislative Update

Keynote Speaker: Senate President Spilka

Panel:  Complying with Paid Family Medical Leave -- David Robinson Esq., Ruberto, Israel & Weiner; William Alpine, Esq., Department of Family and Medical Leave; and Mike Doheny, Undersecretary of Labor and General Counsel, Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

Panel: Controlling Small Business Health Costs --  Josh Archambault, Pioneer Institute; Mark Gaunya, Borislow Insurance; and Senator Vinny deMacedo, R - Plymouth & Barnstable

Legislator Visits

No fee to attend - click here to register.

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Changes to Massachusetts Wage and Hour Law Effective January 1, 2019

The Grand Bargain legislation passed last spring includes a number of changes to the Massachusetts Wage and Hour Law which will become effective on January 1, 2019.  Click here for a table which provides a summary of the key changes you should be aware of heading into the new year. Also below please find RAM’s 2019 Retail Holiday Schedule which reflects these changes.

Click here for 2019 Retail Holiday Calendar