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MA Minimum Wage is $9.00/hour January 1, 2015

MA Minimum Wage is $9.00/hour January 1, 2015 posted on Dec 15

Massachusetts enacted the first state minimum wage law over 100 years ago on June 4, 1912. Thanks to the efforts of many committed individuals, businesses, and elected leaders at every level including the Governor, we have reason to celebrate again the Commonwealth’s lead when it comes to fair treatment of workers. Massachusetts now has the highest enacted state minimum wage set for $11.00 on January 1, 2017.

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U.S. Renews Agreement to Help MA Combat Underground Economy posted on Nov 28

U.S. Renews Agreement to Help MA Combat Underground Economy

US Labor Secretary Tom Perez has renewed a three year agreement to help Massachusetts recover unpaid wages, back taxes unemployment insurance premiums, fines and penalties from employers who engage in fraudulent labor practices like misclassifying workers. The initiative commits the Department of Labor and the IRS to work with the Massachusetts Joint Task Force on the Underground Economy (JTF) which, since its inception, has collected nearly $56 million from unscrupulous businesses.

New Customer Service Feature: What Claimants and Employers Are Saying about UI Online posted on Nov 25

New Customer Service Feature: What Claimants and Employers Are Saying about UI Online

A year after launching its web based Unemployment Insurance system “UI Online”, the Department of Unemployment Services (DUA) embarked on an ambitious customer service initiative to solicit feedback from claimants and employers who used the new technology. UI is a critical safety net for someone   …Continue Reading New Customer Service Feature: What Claimants and Employers Are Saying about UI Online

2015 MA Safe Jobs for Youth *VINE* Contest posted on Oct 31

2015 MA Safe Jobs for Youth *VINE* Contest

* six seconds, one video * Endless loops to promote teen safety at work! 2015 MA Safe Jobs for Youth *VINE* Contest   Who is eligible? Teens ages 14-19. High school-aged Massachusetts teens (14-19) not enrolled in post-secondary education, are eligible to enter the contest.   …Continue Reading 2015 MA Safe Jobs for Youth *VINE* Contest

2015 MA Safe Jobs for Youth Poster Contest posted on Oct 29

2015 MA Safe Jobs for Youth Poster Contest

* your words, your design * One poster to promote teen safety at work! 2015 MA Safe Jobs for Youth Poster Contest Who is eligible? Teens ages 14-19. High school-aged Massachusetts teens (14-19) not enrolled in post-secondary education, are eligible to enter the contest. Note:   …Continue Reading 2015 MA Safe Jobs for Youth Poster Contest

Law Enforcement and Recreationalists: Be Aware of Lead Hazards at Shooting Ranges posted on Oct 24

Law Enforcement and Recreationalists: Be Aware of Lead Hazards at Shooting Ranges

Each year there are shooters, instructors, and maintenance staff that become sick from lead poisoning received at their firing range.