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Monday, September 16, 2019
Baker talks up state’s economy at Devens meetingNashoba Valley Chamber of Commerce welcomes governor to Breakfast with the BossBy JON WINKLER | jwinkler@nashobavalleyvoice.com | Nashoba Valley Voice  DEVENS – Governor Charlie Baker joined a packed dining hall of local business employees to talk about a wide range of issues for the Nashoba Valley Chamber of Commerce’s “Breakfast with the Boss” ...read more
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Monday, September 09, 2019
TWO NEW MASSACHUSETTS LAWS – DO THEY APPLY TO YOU?Beginning October 1, 2019, Massachusetts employees and employers will begin making contributions toward the new Paid Family and Medical Leave.   Beginning July 1, 2019, legislation requires collection of taxes and fees if you have a room or property in Massachusetts that’s rented to others on a short-term ...read more
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Thursday, September 05, 2019
PFML NEWSPolicy Clarification -When do you count Self-Employed Contractors as Employees?    The Department of Family and Medical Leave (DFML) is issuing new guidance on when 1099-MISC workers should be included in a business’s workforce count and whether the business needs to report them for the purposes of the Paid Family and Medical Leave program. Over the course of the summer, DFML staff met ...read more
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Tuesday, September 03, 2019
Five Reasons to Rehire Former Employees      It’s not uncommon for organizations to have a policy against rehiring former employees. This sort of policy makes perfect sense with respect to troublemakers, poor performers, or others who left under a dark cloud. It’s also understandable given that companies invest a lot of money training and developing their people, and employees who go elsewhere ...read more
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Friday, August 30, 2019
Baker-Polito Administration Awards $12 Million in Skills Capital GrantsAdministration has awarded more than $65 million to high schools, colleges to upgrade equipment  WORCESTER – The Baker-Polito Administration today awarded $12 million to 45 high schools, colleges and educational institutions that will use the grant to acquire the newest technologies to educate students and expand career ...read more
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Monday, August 26, 2019
An Open Letter to Raise Up MassachusettsBy John Regan, Aug 26, 2019 8:30:00 AM Editor's note - Raise Up Massachusetts, the coalition of community organizations, religious groups and labor unions behind the so-called "millionaires tax," sent an open letter to legislators last week maintaining that "the current transportation end education funding crisis" is the responsibility of the business ...read more
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Tuesday, August 20, 2019
  Nashoba Valley Technical High School is one of just 17 schools — and the only regional vocational school —  in Massachusetts to receive the Early College Designation announced by Gov. Charlie Baker earlier this summer. A partnership between Nashoba Tech and Middlesex Community College will allow Nashoba Tech students the option of earning 12 or more college credits on campus at no charge to ...read more
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Wednesday, August 14, 2019
PFML NEWSSummary of Recent UpdatesOver the last several months, the Department of Family and Medical Leave (DFML) has issued a number of updates to its website.  These updates clarify questions that we’ve received from the stakeholder community and aim to provide employers and employees with greater certainty in understanding the operations of the program.  For your convenience, we are summarizing ...read more
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Monday, July 01, 2019
Department of Family and Medical Leave - NewsletterJuly 1, 2019       Determining Your Total Workforce  As a Massachusetts employer, your responsibility for making contributions under the Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) law (MGL c. 175M) depends on the makeup of your workforce. To make sure you're remitting the correct ...read more
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Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Information relative to the Ayer Rail Trail Commuter Parking and Access Improvement Project On April 29, 2019 construction will commence on the Ayer Rail Trail Commuter Parking and Access Improvement Project. As a result, the Ayer Rail Trail Parking Lot will be closed for construction from April 29, 2019 through December 31, 2019. This project has been in the making for over 20 years and we are ...read more
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