Fair Scheduling Dead in Massachusetts

At least for the balance of the current legislative session, it would appear that serious consideration of the so-called ‘Fair Scheduling’ bill in Massachusetts is over as S.973 was given a study order this week.  An Act Establishing Fair Scheduling for Employees in Massachusetts would mandate that employers must give a worker their work schedule…

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Massachusetts Offers Tax Amnesty

This week, Massachusetts finalized and announced a new tax amnesty program that will grant individuals and businesses a two-month window to get right with the taxman!  The Massachusetts Department of Revenue Amnesty 2016 program will be available from April 1 through May 31 and will allow taxpayers to file delinquent returns or amend prior tax…

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Massachusetts Wants To Hear Your Issues

It is a rare opportunity indeed when businessmen and women are legitimately asked to comment on the impact that government regulations has on their business, but that opportunity exists now thanks to Governor Charlie Baker and his Regulation Review initiative.  Baker, who just completed his first year in office as the state’s CEO, ordered the…

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Northeast Regional Meeting

You’ve only got a few days left to register for the Northeast Regional DDIFO meeting next Tuesday at the Framingham Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center.  The program will feature veteran Boston news anchor Maria Stephanos speaking on the media perspective and how it responds to small business issues.   We will also feature Kevin Scott, ServSafe®…

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DOL Official Endorses Paid Sick Leave

As if sticking it to business through the aforementioned overtime rule wasn’t enough transformation, Deputy Secretary of Labor Chris Lu came to Massachusetts last week to advocate for the adoption of mandated paid family and medical leave for all employees.  The administration’s push for national paid sick leave mandates has not gotten any traction in…

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Punishing Success

One of the next frontiers for the tax and spend advocates is very likely to be extra taxes on those who have enjoyed some degree of financial success.  Advocates in Massachusetts want to bring the hammer down on those who are financially successful, pushing for an amendment to the Massachusetts Constitution that would allow for…

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Airports and Minimum Wages

Speaking of Seattle and minimum wage, you will recall that the city of Sea-Tac in Washington state, encompassing the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, was the first in the nation to adopt a $15 minimum.  Not to be outdone, two Massachusetts legislators think airport workers need special protection and have filed bills (SD 2307 / H 3923)…

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States, Cities Still Looking to Raise Minimums

Notwithstanding the lesson from the impending Wal-Mart closings (and what might have caused them), state and local officials continue to look to mandate low-income workers into prosperity by increasing the minimum wage.  Advocates in the state of Maine have succeeded in securing the required number of signatures to place a question on the November ballot…

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Massachusetts Millionaires in the Crosshairs

Speaking of Massachusetts laws, the front group behind many of the minimum wage issues in the state, Raise Up Massachusetts, is also pushing a new ballot initiative that seeks to impose a Millionaire’s Tax on those individuals earning $1 million or more per year.  The group held a rally earlier this week at the State…

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