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Massachusetts State Legislature Takes Action on Major Employment Reform as Legislative Session Ends

In the final weeks before the end of the legislative session, the Massachusetts House and State both addressed major pieces of labor and employment legislation. However, although the legislature passed S.2119, an Act to...more

8/11/2016 - Anti-Discrimination Policies Credit Checks Equal Pay FCRA Gender-Based Pay Discrimination Governor Baker Hiring & Firing Legislative Agendas New Legislation Non-Compete Agreements Pay Equity Act (PEA) State and Local Government Transgender Wage and Hour Wage Theft

2015-2016 Massachusetts Legislative Session Ends

After a mad scramble to take action before their midnight deadline, Massachusetts lawmakers closed the 20152016 legislative session by passing five of the “Big Six” bills on their agenda. Beacon Hill saw a flurry of activity...more

8/9/2016 - Background Checks Economic Development EHealth Equal Pay Fantasy Sports Garden Leave Gender-Based Pay Discrimination Governor Baker Infrastructure Innovation Job Creation Legislative Agendas Manufacturing Hubs Municipalities Non-Compete Agreements Offshore Wind Renewable Energy State and Local Government State Budgets Uber Wage and Hour Wind Power

Baker Signs FY17 Budget, Issues Vetoes

Governor Charlie Baker signed a budget for FY17 on Friday, July 8, after vetoing $256 million in spending included in the plan approved by the legislature. The budget, which represents the second annual spending plan signed...more

7/13/2016 - Budgets Governor Baker Governor Vetoes State Budgets

FY2017 Massachusetts Budget Update: The Conference Committee Budget

Just before the close of the fiscal year, the House and Senate reached an agreement on a $39.146 billion state budget for FY17. Due to a recently identified $750 million drop in projected state revenue, the budget, which was...more

7/7/2016 - Fantasy Sports Health Safety Legislative Agendas Online Gaming Opioid Public Schools Public Transportation State and Local Government State Budgets State Health Plans Substance Abuse

House Passes Noncompete Reform

Reform Overview - On Wednesday, June 29th, the House passed H. 4434: An Act relative to the judicial enforcement of noncompetition agreements, which includes a number of provisions that have long been discussed as the...more

7/6/2016 - Garden Leave Non-Compete Agreements Proposed Legislation

FY2017 Massachusetts Budget Update: The Senate Budget

The Massachusetts Senate voted unanimously to pass its FY2017 state budget just before midnight on Thursday, May 26. The spending plan, which totals $39.558 billion, spends $60 million more than Governor Baker’s proposal and...more

6/3/2016 - Appropriations Bill Driver's Licenses Financial Aid Hospitals Legislative Agendas Public Transit State Budgets State Taxes

Employee Non-compete Bill Advancing in Legislature

Legislation limiting employee non-compete agreements in Massachusetts advanced on Monday in the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development. Co-chaired by Rep. John Scibak and Sen. Dan Wolf, the Committee approved a...more

5/20/2016 - FLSA Non-Compete Agreements Non-Exempt Employees Pending Legislation

FY2017 Massachusetts Budget Update: The House Budget

In a unanimous vote of 156-0, the Massachusetts House of Representatives approved a $39.56 billion spending plan for FY2017 on April 27. Over three days, the House considered more than 1,300 amendments to pass a final budget...more

5/3/2016 - Legislative Agendas State and Local Government State Budgets

Governor Baker Signs Opioid Bill

On March 14, 2016, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed a bill that offers long-awaited measures aimed at tackling the state’s growing opioid abuse crisis. After receiving House and Senate approval last week and...more

3/16/2016 - Drug & Alcohol Abuse Governor Baker Health Care Providers New Legislation Pharmaceutical Industry Prescription Drugs Students

Governor Baker Files FY2017 Budget, Economic Development Bill; Speaker DeLeo Outlines Agenda

With Beacon Hill off and running in the new year, Governor Charlie Baker and House Speaker Robert DeLeo this week unveiled key parts of their policy agendas for 2016. As part of his second budget proposal since assuming...more

2/3/2016 - Corporate Taxes Economic Development Energy Policy Governor Baker Legislative Agendas Lyft Public Health State Budgets Tax Reform Uber

Drug Costs, Risk Adjustment Drive Q2 Health Insurance Rate Increases

The Massachusetts Division of Insurance (DOI) recently held a two-day hearing on rate changes proposed by Massachusetts health insurance plans to be effective for the second quarter of 2016 (Q2). Presentations by carriers, in...more

1/27/2016 - Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Insurance Rates Premiums Prescription Drugs

Governor Baker Announces Mid-Year Budget Cuts

On Friday, January 8, Governor Charlie Baker ordered $49 million in emergency spending cuts aimed at erasing a projected state budget shortfall. In a letter to state lawmakers, Baker said his administration had identified a...more

1/13/2016 - Budget Cuts Budget Reconciliation Governor Baker Legislative Agendas State Budgets

Massachusetts Legislature Takes Action on Opioid Crisis

Amid a recent surge in opioid-related deaths in Massachusetts, with over 1,200 accidental deadly overdoses last year, the Senate passed legislation on Thursday, October 1, that is designed to fight the epidemic on various...more

10/9/2015 - Controlled Substances Governor Baker Minors Narcotics OxyContin Pain Management Pending Legislation Pharmacies Pharmacist Physicians Prescription Drugs Public Health School Districts Students Substance Abuse Training

Pay Equity Legislation Aims to Eliminate Wage Disparities Between Genders in Massachusetts

In a hearing before the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development on Tuesday, July 21, roughly two dozen lawmakers and a wide range of business officials, advocacy groups, non-profit leaders, and academics testified...more

8/7/2015 - Attorney's Fees Disparate Treatment Employee Rights Equal Pay Gender Discrimination Gender Equity Gender-Based Pay Discrimination Governor Baker Hiring & Firing Minimum Salary Pay Discrimination Pay Equity Act (PEA) Proposed Legislation Race Discrimination Wage and Hour

FY2016 Massachusetts Budget Update: The Conference Committee Budget

After many weeks of deliberation, the Massachusetts House and Senate sent a budget to Governor Baker’s desk. This budget passed the Senate 31-5 and the House 153-1 and represents a compromise between the House and Senate...more

7/14/2015 - Legislative Committees State Budgets

Uncertain Future for Non-Compete Agreements in Massachusetts: Legislators Seek Compromise

The potential policy directions discussed at these hearings ranged from moderate reform to a complete ban on non-compete agreements in Massachusetts, the latter largely supported by start-up and venture capital groups. In the...more

7/6/2015 - Hiring & Firing Non-Compete Agreements Proposed Legislation

Massachusetts Health Care Regulatory Review – Opportunity for Industry Comment

Health care is big business in Massachusetts, and it is a highly regulated business. But Governor Charlie Baker hopes to simplify the Massachusetts regulatory regime. This past March, Governor Baker initiated a year-long...more

6/26/2015 - Health Care Providers Healthcare Regulatory Agenda

Uncertain Future for Non-Compete Agreements in Massachusetts: Legislators Seek Compromise

Hearing Overview: On June 23rd, the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development met to consider legislation relating to the legality and enforcement of non-compete agreements. The committee...more

6/25/2015 - Employment Contract Non-Compete Agreements Non-Disclosure Agreement Non-Solicitation Agreements Startups

Baker Calls for Industry Input on Regulatory Review and Economic Development Strategy

Responding to criticisms that state regulations are burdensome and make Massachusetts a more costly and less competitive place to live and do business, Governor Charlie Baker signed Executive Order 562 to simplify the...more

6/18/2015 - Economic Development

FY2016 Massachusetts Budget Update: The Senate Budget

On May 22, the Massachusetts Senate unanimously approved a $38.1 billion budget for FY2016. The Senate budget hews closely to the spending plans proposed by the Massachusetts House of Representatives in April and Governor...more

6/8/2015 - State Budgets

Massachusetts Earned Sick Time Law Takes Effect July 1

Massachusetts’ Earned Sick Leave Law, which voters passed by ballot initiative last November, is set to become effective in less than two months on July 1, 2015. On April 27, Attorney General Maura Healy’s office released...more

5/11/2015 - Human Resources Professionals Paid Leave Proposed Regulation Sick Leave Wage and Hour

FY2016 Massachusetts Budget Update: The House Budget

On April 29 the Massachusetts House of Representatives approved a $38.1 billion spending plan for FY2016 by a unanimous vote of 158-0. Over roughly 28 hours of sessions, the House dispensed with over 1,000 amendments to pass...more

5/11/2015 - Governor Baker State Budgets

Tax Amnesty Program and New Leadership at the DOR

On March 16, Massachusetts officials announced a tax amnesty program, effective immediately, to recoup delinquent corporate taxes. The program is part of a larger effort by the Baker administration and the Department of...more

4/2/2015

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