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Legislation strengthens 2011 law to provide further victim protections
Saturday, July 23, 2016 -- For Immediate Release
Boston, MA. Today, the Senate has passed S.2444, An Act to strengthen the anti-human trafficking law sponsored by Rules Chairman Senator Mark C. Montigny (D-New Bedford). The bill seeks to impose increased protections for survivors of human trafficking ...
Legislation will be the strongest pay equity statute in the nation
Saturday, July 23, 2016 -- For Immediate Release
(BOSTON) – The Massachusetts Legislature today passed a measure to ensure that men and women receive equitable compensation for comparable work. The bill prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender in the payment of wages for comparable work unless ...
Thursday, July 14, 2016 -- For Immediate Release
BOSTON—State lawmakers took a step forward in limiting noncompetition agreements in Massachusetts on Thursday, with the Massachusetts State Senate passing S.2148, “...
Thursday, July 14, 2016 -- For Immediate Release
BOSTON—Today the Senate passed comprehensive economic development legislation including investments, initiatives and incentives to promote development and workforce training, create jobs and stimulate the Commonwealth’s eco...
Wednesday, July 13, 2016 -- For Immediate Release
BOSTON—Today, the Senate passed legislation to address undue and deceptive practices of the debt collection industry in the Commonwealth. The Bill, S.2409, An Act Relative to Family Financial Protection, safeguards borrowers against debt...
Wednesday, July 13, 2016 -- For Immediate Release
BOSTON- Today, the Massachusetts Senate passed legislation to help prevent the illegal practice of wage theft and promote employer accountability. The bill, S.2416, gives the state greater power to go after corrupt employers and provid...
Wednesday, July 13, 2016 -- For Immediate Release
BOSTON – Today the Massachusetts Senate passed criminal justice reform legislation S. 2415, An Act relative to medical placement of terminal and incapacitated inmates, sponsored by Senator Patricia Jehlen (D-Somerville). The legislation ...
Wednesday, July 13, 2016 -- For Immediate Release
BOSTON—Today the Senate passed comprehensive legislation to modernize municipal finance and governance laws in Massachusetts, including provisions to eliminate or update obsolete laws, promote local independence, streamline state...
Tuesday, July 12, 2016 -- For Immediate Release
To provide a measure of relief to Massachusetts job applicants, the State Senate has approved a bill, sponsored by State Senator Mike Barrett (D-Lexington), to restrict the use of credit reports in hiring and promotions. “People see their c...
Tuesday, July 12, 2016 -- For Immediate Release
BOSTON—Today the Senate passed legislation to promote transparency, best practices and better outcomes for children involved in the juvenile justice system in Massachusetts. The omnibus bill sponsored by Senator Karen E. Spilka (...
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