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Paid Family & Medical Leave Notification Deadline Extended

The Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Law requires all employers to provide their current workforce with written notification of their rights under the law on or before June 30, 2019.

The Department of Family and Medical Leave has published and posted the required notification form on its website.  The notice, which may be provided electronically, must include the opportunity for an employee to acknowledge receipt or decline to acknowledge receipt of the information.  For a copy of the notification form or to learn more about the Workforce Notification Requirements due by June 30,  click link below to visit the DFML website.

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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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RAM Members Hudson and Herrell Named to Economic Development Planning Council

Wendy Hudson, Nantucket Bookworks and Co-Founder of Cisco Brewers, Nantucket (pictured left) and Judy Herrell, Herrell's Ice Cream, Northampton (pictured right) were sworn in Tuesday, May 13 to the Governor's Economic Development Planning Council.  The group is charged with developing an economic blueprint for MA. RAM members are encouraged to sign up and attend engagement sessions.  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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Cove Risk Services, the administrator of the Massachusetts Retail Merchants Workers' Compensation Group (MRM), is partnering once again with RAM to offer FREE safety awareness training for member managers and supervisors on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at the Lynnfield Woods Conference Center in Lynnfield, Massachusetts (Boston North Shore Region). Register today to secure your spot!

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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.

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