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Employers encounter government most frequently amid the complex laws and regulations governing the relationship between employers and workers.

Employment law covers issues ranging from classifying independent contractors and preventing discrimination to National Labor Relation Board decisions on dealing with unions. Laws and regulations come from all directions - Beacon Hill, Capitol Hill, state agencies, the courts, federal bureaucracies and even international bodies.

Look to AIM for real-time information and analysis of the HR and Employment Law issues that affect you. 

AIM Weighs in On End-of-Session Employment Bills

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AIM supports:

An Act Relative to Unemployment Insurance Reform (State)

Addresses the high cost of the Massachusetts Unemployment Insurance (UI) system through reforms that bring the commonwealth into line with UI practices in a majority of other states. Limits the duration of benefits to 26 weeks; increases work and wage requirements for benefit eligibility; and updates rate tables to create equity in employer UI payments. Massachusetts currently has one of the highest Unemployment Insurance rates in the nation.

An Act relative to Employee References (State)

Encourages a safe work environment through the hiring process by enabling one employer to disclose information to another employer about a job applicant; provides immunity when disclosing.

An Act Regarding Treble Damages (State)

Provides judges with discretion when awarding treble damages for the loss of wages and other benefits, as well as costs of litigation and attorneys' fees for aggrieved employees, rather than mandating treble damages in all cases, including those involving honest mistakes.

An Act Relative to the Payment of Wages (State)

Provides employees with the option of being paid semi-monthly rather than weekly or bi-weekly.  Semi-monthly pay results in 24 pay periods a year, while bi-weekly pay, which was passed by the Legislature in 1992, has 26 pay periods a year. Current Massachusetts law creates additional burdens and cost for companies that operate in states that allow semi-monthly payment of wages.

An Act Relative to the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (State)

Improves the operation of the MCAD and its ability to provide timely due process and equity for all parties by requiring guidelines and standardized procedures.

An Act Relative to Independent Contractors (State)

Provides individuals with the opportunity to seek work currently inaccessible to them in Massachusetts by redefining the highly restrictive circumstances under which an individual performing a service shall not be considered an employee.

An Act Relative to Non-Discrimination Training in the Workplace (State)

Encourages employers to educate and train employees about state and federal laws governing workplace discrimination, harassment and retaliation with the intent of raising awareness and preventing such behaviors. Employers providing this type of training gain an affirmative defense against lawsuits claiming workplace discrimination by supervisory and management personnel.

An Act Providing Benefits for Permanent Functional Loss and Disfigurement under the Worker’s Compensation Act

Provides for payment of workers compensation benefits resulting from a scar-based disfigurement and limits benefits for surgery scars to the current statutory limit of face, neck or hands.

 

AIM opposes:

Proposals to Increase the Massachusetts Minimum Wage - In a market-based economy, financial compensation of employees is driven by their ability to contribute to the success and profitability of the organization.

NLRB Abbreviated Union Elections (Federal) - AIM opposes the recent National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) regulations promoting “quickie" union representation elections. 

Mandated Union Posting Rule (Federal) - AIM and other employer groups have opposed the National Labor Relations Board regulation requiring employers to post a notice in the workplace reminding employees of their right to join a labor union.

 

AIM Expert:
Brad MacDougall
Vice President
Government Affairs
bmacdougall@aimnet.org

Human Resources and Employment Law
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The latest information from AIM on laws and regulations governing the relationship between Massachusetts employers and workers.