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Yearly Archives: 2014

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

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

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.

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.

Lead Poisoning in Adults Posted on Oct 22

Lead Poisoning in Adults

The Occupational Lead Poisoning Registry is dedicated to reducing the incidence and severity of lead poisoning among Massachusetts workers. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has shown that even at very low levels, such as 5 micrograms per deciliter (mcg/dl), lead can cause significant health problems.

MA Regulation Requires Contractors to Work Lead-Safe by Preventing the Spread of Lead Dust During Renovation, Repair, and Painting Projects Posted on Oct 17

MA Regulation Requires Contractors to Work Lead-Safe by Preventing the Spread of Lead Dust During Renovation, Repair, and Painting Projects

Homes and other structures built before 1978 may contain lead paint. Lead-contaminated dust can cause lead poisoning in children, pregnant women, contractors, and other workers, their families, and even pets.

Your New Voice on National Committee to Create Apprenticeships Posted on Sep 12

Your New Voice on National Committee to Create Apprenticeships

The Department of Labor (DOL) has appointed David R. Wallace, Director of the Massachusetts Division of Apprentice Standards to serve on the Advisory Committee on Apprenticeships (ACA) chaired by DOL Secretary Thomas Perez to create job-driven career pathways and work-based learning opportunities for American workers. Wallace will join 24 others representing employers, labor unions and workers to help advance the President’s goals of the American apprenticeship initiative.

Disaster Preparedness for Business Posted on Sep 2

Disaster Preparedness for Business

        In Honor of September – National Preparedness Month, let’s talk about DISASTER PREPAREDNESS FOR BUSINESS Large and small employers should prepare for possible disasters. Whether a corporation with multiple locations and thousands of employees, or a small partnership with two employees,   …Continue Reading Disaster Preparedness for Business

More Tools to Expand Economic Development in Massachusetts Posted on Aug 13

More Tools to Expand Economic Development in Massachusetts

Governor Deval Patrick today signed in to law “An Act to Promote Economic Growth in the Commonwealth”–legislation that builds upon his strategy to grow the Massachusetts economy by investing in education, innovation and infrastructure.  Among the tools and initiatives in the economic development package is   …Continue Reading More Tools to Expand Economic Development in Massachusetts

Green cleaning reduces the impact on human health and the environment. Posted on Aug 5

Green cleaning reduces the impact on human health and the environment.

Green cleaning reduces the impact on human health and the environment.