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Congress Makes Forgivable Payroll Protection Plan Loans Easier to Spend

The persistence of the COVID-19 epidemic led Congress to amend the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to help the many small businesses that have so far taken advantage of it. As … more


Massachusetts to Begin Reopening Business

It’s been about two months since Governor Charlie Baker issued his shut-down order to most Massachusetts businesses. Now, the Governor says, it’s time to start the reopening process. It won’t … more


Employer Update: Dealing with Coronavirus Work Issues

As the response to the coronavirus moves on at warp speed, it’s hard to keep track of new developments. The one certainty is that small employers and their employees alike … more


It’s Time all Employers Implement Written Coronavirus Policies

Amid the startling developments with the coronavirus (aka COVID-19) this week, it’s time for all employers to immediately implement written policies to deal with it in their workplaces. Content will … more


Court Award of 3X Wage Damages to Former Employee is a Warning for Employers

In a decision that sounds a warning to employers, the Massachusetts Court of Appeals recently concluded that triple damages under the Wage Act may be awardable even to former employees. … more


Minimum Wage Rates Set to Increase January 1, 2020

Massachusetts minimum wage rates are set to make their next jumps on January 1, 2020. Effective that day, all employees must be paid at least $12.75 per hour. Tipped employees … more


Governor Seeks to Reverse Recent SJC Ruling on Overtime Pay

Governor Charlie Baker saw something he didn’t like in a recent decision by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, and he’s hoping to do something about it. In the wake of … more


Tax Deductions under Massachusetts Family and Medical Leave Law become Mandatory on October 1, 2019

This Time, it appears the New Paid Leave Law will go into Effect as Planned. The three-month delay is about over, and this time it appears the new Massachusetts Family … more


Contributions under Family and Medical Leave Law Begin October 1, 2019

Massachusetts employers should again be gearing up to make deductions from their workers’ pay under the state’s new law on family and medical leave. Contributions begin on wages paid on … more


Massachusetts Delays Start of Family and Medical Leave Law

After first saying it would not delay the new tax that will fund the Massachusetts Family and Medical Leave Law, the Massachusetts legislature reversed course late last week. Both the … more