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  • News for Public Policy

    Tuesday, August 14, 2018
      Massachusetts’ Grand Bargain: Paid Family Leave and Minimum WageKnowing that business groups, labor interests, and progressive activists were posed to present three separate ballot measures this fall, the Massachusetts legislature decided to act first, and in June passed a law dubbed the “Grand Bargain.” It creates a permanent annual tax holiday weekend, increases the minimum wage to $15 by ...read more
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    Thursday, August 09, 2018
    BAKER PLANS TO GREEN-LIGHT SALES TAX HOLIDAY THIS WEEKEND Gov. Charlie Baker plans to authorize a sales tax holiday for this weekend, his office said Thursday morning, but the fate of the rest of the economic development bill and a slew of others due for action Thursday remains unclear. Baker is due to act by Saturday on the $1.15 billion economic development bond bill passed by lawmakers on the ...read more
    Categories: Chamber Member, Public Policy, Business Information, Community News
    Tuesday, August 07, 2018
    DOR Issues Guidance Regarding this Weekend's Sales Tax HolidayThe MA DOR has released the following “Draft Emergency Regulation 830 CMR 64H.1.8: 2018 Sales Tax Holiday” in advance of the Sales Tax Holiday this weekend, August 11th and 12th.  We have been working with the Governor’s office and the DOR to put something official like this out to give members as much advance notice as possible, ...read more
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    Wednesday, August 01, 2018
          Welcome the August 2018 edition of the HR Advisor. In this month’s newsletter, we have the final article in our series on workplace culture, an overview of Section 7 of the NLRA and what it means for your organization, and a reminder that most states have their own list of protected classes. Thank you for reading! ...read more
    Categories: Chamber Member, Public Policy, Business Information, Community News
    Wednesday, August 01, 2018
    Beacon Hill Passes Energy, Non-Compete Bills; No Agreement on Health MeasureBy John Regan, Aug 1, 2018 8:16:11 AM The Massachusetts Legislature ended its 2017-2018 formal session last night by mandating increased use of clean energy, establishing limits on the use of non-compete agreements and curbing the practice of “patent trolling.”Read more »  
    Categories: Business Information, Community News, Chamber Member, Public Policy
    Wednesday, August 01, 2018
    August 1, 2018Massachusetts Legislature (Finally) Passes Non-Compete LawThe Massachusetts Legislature, at long last, has passed a bill regulating the use and enforcement of non-compete agreements in the private sector. Once “An Act relative to the judicial enforcement of noncompetition agreements” is signed by Governor Charlie Baker, it will take effect on October 1, 2018.  Read full article ...read more
    Categories: Chamber Member, Public Policy, Business Information, Community News
    Wednesday, August 01, 2018
      Sales Tax Holiday is Passed by Legislature -- Awaiting Governor's Signature Language establishing a 2018 Sales Tax Holiday (August 11/12) was included in the final conference committee report of the Economic Development legislation, H.4868, which was enacted by the Legislature early this morning.  The language, found in Section 55 of the bill, remains the same as in previous years, and is pasted ...read more
    Categories: Business Information, Community News, Chamber Member, Public Policy
    Monday, July 30, 2018
     E-NEWS   Senate Votes to Include 2018 Sales Tax Holiday in Economic Development BillThe MA Senate this week debated economic development legislation, taking up S.2625, An Act Relative to Economic Development in the Commonwealth.  The Senate voted 31-6 in favor of Amendment #1, relative to establishing a 2018 Sales Tax Holiday, with the language identical to what had already passed in the House of ...read more
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    Monday, July 30, 2018
    DORCHESTER — Today, Governor Charlie Baker announced this year’s affordable rental housing awards, which will provide $57 million in direct subsidies for 19 projects to fund the development, renovation and preservation of housing opportunities throughout the state. Since 2015, affordable housing awards have led to the creation and preservation of more than 6,300 housing units alone, furthering ...read more
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    Tuesday, July 24, 2018
     Additional briefings have been added!! RAM Pulls Sales Tax Ballot Question, Accepts "Grand Bargain" Compromise - $15, Paid Family/Medical Leave, Sunday/Holiday Premium Pay Repeal, Annual Sales Tax HolidayFind out why, and what’s in it…   Join fellow small business owners to learn about what was included in the final “Grand Bargain” legislative package. This legislation bundled parts ...read more
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    Monday, July 23, 2018
    With the help of state Sen. Jamie Eldridge, D-Acton, a $6 million earmark for the Littleton Common Smart Sewer Project was procured for the project which has been in discussion by town officials and residents for the last several years. “I was happy to secure this critical funding for this important environmental protection project, which will provide sustainable, clean water to Littleton ...read more
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    Monday, July 23, 2018
    SBA Offers Disaster Loans for Massachusetts Private NonProfit Organizations Affected by a March Severe Winter Storm and Snowstorm  ATLANTA – The U.S. Small Business Administration announced today that certain Private NonProfit organizations (PNP)s in Massachusetts that do not provide critical services of a governmental nature may be eligible to apply for low-interest rate disaster loans.  These ...read more
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