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Governor Baker

Cheers to Lifting Blue Laws on Pub Brewers

by Bowditch & Dewey on

Separation of church and state? Not so much when it comes to some liquor laws. For centuries, the so-called “blue laws” have placed restrictions on the sale of alcohol in Massachusetts. To be clear, the U.S. Supreme Court...more

Massachusetts to (Again) Require Health Care Reporting by Employers

Massachusetts employers with 6 or more employees will soon be required to prepare and file a new health care reporting form referred to as the “healthcare coverage form.” While reminiscent of the now repealed “Health...more

Massachusetts Employers Should Prepare for Penalties and Other Changes to Law Regarding Health Care Contributions

In August 2017, Governor Charlie Baker signed into law, “An Act Further Regulating Employer Contributions to Health Care,” which became effective on January 1, 2018, and will remain on the books through the end of the 2019...more

Massachusetts Division of Unemployment Assistance Issues Final Regulations Implementing the EMAC Supplemental

As we reported in a previous post, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker in August 2017 signed into law H. 3822, “An Act Further Regulating Employer Contributions to Health Care” (the “Act”). Among other things, the law...more

Time to Act For Massachusetts Employers: Are You Prepared for the Amended Equal Pay Act?

Massachusetts is soon to join the mounting crusade against the gender pay gap as the effective date of Massachusetts’ amended Equal Pay Act – July 1, 2018 – draws near....more

Baker-Polito Administration Distributes 56 META Grants to Fund Energy Efficiency Studies and New Clean Energy Projects Across...

The most effective local clean energy projects result from thorough, targeted, and well-supported research that puts the needs of the surrounding community at the forefront. To support such research efforts in Massachusetts,...more

Updates to Massachusetts Cybersecurity Laws

by Fisher Phillips on

Coming on the heels of several high profile data breaches, lawmakers in the Bay State have turned their attention to evaluating and improving cybersecurity across the Commonwealth. The State Legislature has created a special...more

Fall Legislative Sessions Commence; Attorney General Certifies Ballot Questions

by Mintz Levin on

Massachusetts lawmakers have returned from summer recess and are preparing to tackle a robust legislative agenda this fall. Legislators will meet formally through the third Wednesday in November, at which point formal...more

MA Department of Energy Resources Files Final Revised Regulations for Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target Program

On August 11th, 2017, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) released its final set of proposed regulations for the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) program, which aims to deploy another 1,600 MW...more

Massachusetts Employers Face $200 Million Increase in Health Care Costs under MassHealth Amendments

On August 1, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed into law H. 3822, “An Act Further Regulating Employer Contributions to Health Care” (the “Act”). The purpose of the Act is to shore up the finances of the...more

Connecticut and Massachusetts Expand Protections for Pregnant Employees

by Epstein Becker & Green on

Two laws mandating pregnancy accommodations for employees were recently passed. On July 6, 2017, Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy signed into law “An Act Concerning Pregnant Women in the Workplace” (“Connecticut Act”). The...more

Massachusetts Establishes New Protections for Pregnant Workers

by K&L Gates LLP on

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker recently signed into law the Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (“MPWFA”), an act which expands the protection of Massachusetts’s anti-discrimination statute to cover pregnancy...more

Massachusetts Employers Must Provide Reasonable Accommodations to Workers Who Are Pregnant or Nursing

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker signed into law the Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (the Act) on July 27, 2017. The Act amends the Massachusetts anti-discrimination statute, Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter...more

Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act Becomes Law

On July 27, 2017 Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed into law the Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (“MPWFA”), a bill which had unanimously passed in both the House and Senate. As discussed previously, the...more

Massachusetts Enacts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

On July 27, 2017, Governor Charlie Baker signed into law the Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, requiring Massachusetts employers to provide pregnant women and new mothers with “reasonable accommodations” for their...more

FY18 Massachusetts Budget Update: Governor Baker Signs FY18 Budget

On Monday, July 17th, Governor Charlie Baker signed a budget for FY2018 that includes $39.4 billion in spending. This comes ten days after the Legislature approved a state budget with a $40.2 billion bottom line. The Senate...more

Marijuana Legislation Reaches Governor’s Desk for Approval

Surpassing a self-imposed deadline of July 1st to have compromise legislation on Governor Baker’s desk, the Massachusetts House and Senate reached an accord and voted to approve a reconciled recreational marijuana bill on...more

Baker-Polito Administration Supports Clean Energy Education with $960,000 in STEM Learning Grants

On June 22, 2017 the Baker-Polito Administration announced $960,000 in grants for STEM and clean energy learning programs for six Massachusetts high schools to help direct students towards STEM higher education majors and...more

Baker Administration Submits Revised Health Care Proposal to Legislature

On Tuesday June 20, the Baker Administration submitted to the legislature a package of insurance reforms and assessments for inclusion in the FY2018 budget. The proposal represents the most recent plan aimed at curbing rising...more

Baker-Polito Administration Launches Programs for Affordable Access to Clean Energy

The Baker-Polito Administration recently announced a set of six new programs seeking to increase affordable access to clean energy and energy efficiency programs in the Commonwealth. These new programs build upon the efforts...more

FY2018 Massachusetts Budget Update: The House Budget

On April 25, 2017, the Massachusetts House of Representatives passed a $40.829 billion FY2018 budget by vote of 159-1. Over two days of debate, the House considered 1,210 amendments to pass a final budget that spends...more

2017-2018 Legislative Session: Employer Updates

As the 2017-2018 legislative session continues to unfold on Beacon Hill, Massachusetts lawmakers are considering several policy proposals that have significant implications for employers across the Commonwealth. The FY2018...more

The Massachusetts CARE Act: A Bright Future for Cooperation Between Healthcare and Family Caregivers

by Bowditch & Dewey on

Caring for a sick, disabled or incapacitated loved one can be a stressful proposition, but a new Massachusetts law aims to ease the burden by providing formal support to family caregivers. The Caregiver, Advise, Record,...more

Massachusetts Department of Public Health – Final Hospital Licensure Regulations

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) has promulgated final Hospital Licensure Regulations. Approved by unanimous vote of the Massachusetts Public Health Council (PHC) on March 8, 2017, DPH anticipates that the...more

2017 Health Care Policy Debates Ramp Up in Massachusetts

With the unveiling of Governor Charlie Baker’s FY2018 budget, the commencement of the 2017-2018 legislative session on Beacon Hill, and a new presidential administration underway in Washington D.C., the Massachusetts health...more

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