Tag: Massachusetts

Veterans’ Right to Participate and Take Leave On August 9, 2018, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed legislation (S.B. 2632) requiring employers to allow eligible employees to participate in Memorial Day events and take leave to observe Veterans’ Day. Specifically, the law states the following: An employee who is a veteran, or a member of a…

Do you employ six or more workers in Massachusetts? If so, be sure that you or your payroll administrator complete the new Health Insurance Responsibility Disclosure (HIRD) required by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts by November 30. What You Need to Know It’s new. The new HIRD form is not the same as the forms and…

Noncompete Agreements and Trade Secrets On August 10, 2018, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed legislation (House Document 4868 which amended H.B. 4732) banning employment noncompete agreements in Massachusetts that: Are not in writing. Are not signed by employer and employee. Do not state that the employee has the right to consult with counsel prior to…

Paid Family and Medical Leave, Minimum Wage Increases, and Elimination of Sunday and Holiday Premium Pay for Retail Employees On June 28, 2018, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed legislation (H.B. 4640) enacting all of the following: Paid family and medical leave for covered individuals beginning January 1, 2021. The required contributions to the Family and…

Ban the Box Amendments On April 13, 2018, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed legislation (S.B. 2371) modifying the state’s current ban-the-box regulations as follows: Limiting the timeframe when an employer may ask an applicant about a misdemeanor conviction, or its resulting incarceration, to only three years before the date of his or her application for…

Attorney General Updates Guidance on the Equal Pay Act On March 1, 2018, the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General released an updated guide providing information on the state’s Equal Pay Act. The guide provides an overview of the law, frequently asked questions covering a wide variety of subjects (definitions, permissible variations and prohibitions, liability,…

Question:Can you please confirm what the Massachusetts M-4 Form is and what it is used for? Answer: The Massachusetts M-4 Employee Withholding Tax Form is used to determine an employee’s withholding amount for state tax purposes only. If an employee chooses to use the same withholdings for federal and state taxation, they may complete the…