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Paid Family & Medical Leave Deadline Extensions

Employer Notice to Employees ​The deadline for employer notice to employees has been extended from May 31 to June 30, 2019. The notice, which may be provided electronically, must include the opportunity for an employee or self-employed individual to acknowledge receipt or decline to acknowledge receipt of the information. Exemption Deadline Extended for Quarter 1 The Department’s current guidance requires that exemptions for private plans must be approved in the quarter prior to the quarter in which they will go into effect. For Quarter 1 only, however, the deadline to file for a private plan exemption that will be in effect for first quarter contributions for paid family and medical leave has been moved from June 30 to September 20, 2019. This will allow employers additional time to contemplate private plan options. Going forward, the Department will continue to accept applications on a rolling basis but applications must be approved in the quarter prior to the quarter in which they go into ef ...

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Workforce Notification Requirements - Paid Family and Medical Leave

The Department of Family and Medical Leave has posted the notice required to be provided by employers and covered business entities to their current workforce of PFML benefits, contribution rates, and other provisions as outlined in M.G.L. c. 175M sec. 4 on or before May 31, 2019.

​The notice, which may be provided electronically, must include the opportunity for an employee or self-employed individual to acknowledge receipt or decline to acknowledge receipt of the information. The notice has been posted in six languages. 

Paid Family and Medical Leave Update

The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development recently released the second draft regulations for Paid Family and Medical Leave. In May, two additional public hearings will be held in anticipation of final regulations being released prior to the July 1st, 2019 deadline requiring deductions from wages in order to fund quarterly contributions to the Department of Family and Medical Leave.

The Department of Family and Medical Leave has provided an number of resources for employers and workers in anticipation of the regulations becoming effective:

Join ABC Government Affairs Committee Next Tuesday, March 19

ABC's Government Affairs Committee sets the direction of our organization's legislative priorities, determining which bills to support or oppose, legislators to engage with, and much more. This committee is critical to ABC's ability to promote fair and open competition throughout the construction industry, and the success of our government affairs efforts is largely determined by the volume, variety and intensity of our member’s engagement.

Join us next Tuesday, March 19th for our next Government Affairs Committee Meeting:

When: Tuesday, March 19 from 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM
Where: ABC's Office - 100 Unicorn Park Drive, Suite 1, Woburn, MA 01801

If you would like to attend, please email Rob McGovern, ABC's Director of Public Affairs, at [email protected]

ABC Provides Comments to Pipefitters, Refrigeration Technicians, and Sprinklerfitters Bureau

Last week, the Bureau of Pipefitters, Refrigeration Technicians and Sprinklerfitters hosted a listening session to solicit comments from members of the public on the current regulations. ABC provided comments on a number of issues including creating a separate welding license, reducing the 18-year age requirement for refrigeration apprentices, applicable credit for educational and on-the-job training hours required to become a journeyman, and eliminating prohibitive apprentice ratios. 

For a copy of the comments, please click here. 

ABC Urges Army to Avoid PLAs at Hansom and Westover Bases

​ABC recently submitted letters of opposition arguing against Project Labor Agreements on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) projects at Hanscom Air Base and Westover Base. The imposition of the PLAs by USACE would be detrimental to the majority of the construction workers in the New England and North Atlantic region and to USACE’s ability to secure the best local talent and best pricing for its projects.  ​Read our opposition letters after the break. When considering a PLA - which is allowed under an Obama-era federal policy in certain circumstances - the Corps must solicit public input. USACE and other federal agencies have issued more than 260 similar project labor agreement surveys requesting information about the potential use of PLAs on specific construction projects across the country as a result of regulations and federal agency policies stemming from President Obama’s pro-government-mandated PLA Executive Order 13502, which encourages federal agenc ...

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New Paid Family and Medical Leave Regulations Released Ahead of Upcoming Listening Sessions

The Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development recently released draft rules for the new paid family and medical leave program, laying out how it sees the new Department of Family and Medical Leave will operate. Public listening sessions will be held to give the public a chance to weigh in on the proposed regulations. The first listening session will be held Jan. 30 at 2 p.m. in the State House's Gardner Auditorium. We encourage all members to attend and share your comments on the implementation of the regulations. A complete listing of the hearings is available here.

ABC Prepares for New MA Legislative Session

With the start of the new two-year MA Legislative Session now underway, ABC Public Affairs Director Rob McGovern and Lobbyist John Bartley briefed ABC’s leadership on plans for the session at last Friday’s Board of Directors meeting and planning conference. Bartley and McGovern noted there could be some different dynamics in this new session. The Senate has been the more liberal body, but that the House added 25 new members, 22 Democrats and 3 Republicans.  Of the 22 Democrats, some 16 have joined the Progressive Caucus. There has already been talk from some on challenging Speaker DeLeo’s generally moderate positions.    ABC plans to be active proactively as well as defensively in the 2019-2020 session. ABC and our allied construction associations are already meeting on more reasonable alternatives to the wage theft legislation that has been enacted by the Senate for the past two sessions. We have been successful in preventing passage of problematic legislation that w ...

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