New Members

Mercy Medical Center
Daniel F. Keenan, Senior V.P. Gov't. Relations: 413-748-9307
www.mercycares.com

Home Builders & Remodelers Assoc. of Western Massachusetts
Brad Campbell:  413-733-3126
Referred by:  Andrew Crane - A. Crane Construction
www.hbrawm.com

Chicopee Convenience, Inc./Citgo Gas Station
Suzette Batista:  413-532-0846

TAB of Central New England
Clarence Silvia:  860-558-9069
www.tabcentralnewengland.com

Ayotte and King For Tile, Inc.
David King:  413-532-9463
www.ayotteandking.com

Forfeng Designs
Heather Turner:  860-326-0721
www.forfengdesigns.com

Yarland Properties, Llc
Chris Hellyar:  413-206-6337

Eastfield Mall
Melinda Grenier:  413-543-8000
www.eastfieldmall.com

Referred by:  Carol Campbell - Chicopee Industrial Contractors

HomeCareHands
Sina Holloman:  413-847-0513
www.homecarehands.wordpress.com

Referred by:  Kurt Toegel - Pioneer Payroll Systems

Susan Allen Financial
Susan Allen:  413-569-0035
www.susanallenfinancial.com

Motel 6
Daniel Halle:  413-592-5141
www.motel6.com

NovaCare Rehabilitation
Kirstin Lane, PT, DPT:  413-788-6195
www.novacare.com
Referred by :  Jeffrey Shinners - Pioneer Packaging, Inc.

Menck Windows
Todd Bachelder:  866-296-3625
www.menckwindows.com
Referred by:  Carol Campbell - Chicopee Industrial Contractors

C. Valley Landscaping
Eric Czernich:  413-626-9068
www.cvalleylandscape.com


 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





 


 

 

 





Legislative Corner

National, Regional, Local

Attorney General Announces"Safe Harbor" for Compliance with New Earned Sick Time Law

Update from Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C.

As we're sure you're aware, the implementation date for the new Massachusetts Earned Sick Time Law is July 1, 2015.

Yesterday, the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office announced a "safe harbor" provision that will give some employers until January 1, 2016, to fully comply with the law. Employers with a policy in place as of May 1, 2015, that provides at least 30 hours of paid time off ("PTO") to employees for the 2015 calendar year are protected by the "safe harbor." These businesses do not need to worry about providing additional paid leave or developing an accrual system under the Earned Sick Time Law for the employees who are covered under their PTO policy until the beginning of next year. However, employers cannot retaliate against or otherwise interfere with an employee who requests and/or uses available PTO after July 1, 2015. This means that many employer policies that were permissible before July 1, including policies related to attendance, occurrences, notice protocol, and holiday pay, for example, may still need to be changed prior to the law's effective date.

Notwithstanding the Attorney General's "safe harbor," employers still have an obligation to provide 30 hours of PTO to all workers, including part-time, temporary, and per diem staff. If these employees are not currently covered by the employer's PTO program, the employer has two options. These employers can either amend their policy and offer 30 PTO hours to employees who do not currently qualify for paid leave, or they can simply comply with the new law by beginning accrual for these other workers at the rate of one hour for every 30 hours worked, beginning July 1. The latter approach may be more practical for employers with lots of part-time and/or per diem workers who would not otherwise accrue 30 hours of Earned Sick Time between July 1, 2015, and December 31, 2015.

Remember, employers who do not comply with the new law risk civil sanctions and lawsuits from wrongfully disciplined or terminated employees. If you need assistance reviewing and revising policies or drafting an Earned Sick Time policy for use on July 1, contact any of the labor and employment attorneys at Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C.

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AIM ACTION ALERT; Employers--Please contact your legislators about postponing the implementation of the Earned Sick Leave Act, scheduled to go into effect July 1, 2015 to January 1, 2016.  Our voices will make a difference.  Click on the link below for details and how to best respond.

https://www.votervoice.net/AIM/campaigns/40134/respond

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Massachusetts Attorney General Releases Earned Sick Time Regulations

At long last, the Massachusetts Attorney General has issued the eagerly-anticipated proposed regulations concerning the Earned Sick Time law that was passed by referendum on November 4, 2014 and goes into effect July 1, 2015.  The law itself contains many ambiguities, and employers have been awaiting guidance from the Attorney General so that they can begin modifying their leave policies to come into compliance with the new law.  While the proposed regulations do not resolve every ambiguity in the law, they do provide clarification on a number of areas, specifically: click here for regulations

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Senator Eric Lesser has been appointed Senate Chair of the Joint Legislative Manufacturing Caucus. Read entire press release.

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AIM Top New Stories: Senate Declines to Postpone Sick Leave Law, April 21, 2015  Read article

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Massachusetts Attorney General Expected to Publish Draft Regulations on
Earned Sick Time Law on April 24, 2015 Last November, Massachusetts voters approved a law that will require employers to provide earned sick time (paid or unpaid depending on the size of the employer) to all employees starting July 1, 2015. Since that vote, Massachusetts employers and labor and employment law practitioners have eagerly waited for the Attorney General to issue regulations or other guidance to shed some light on what the law will mean in practice and how employers can properly comply with the law.  Read rest of article.

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Governor Baker is requiring a year-long review of nearly all state regulations, with a mandate that none should exceed federal requirements. This is a far-reaching order, "which has drawn early support from some business interests....and suggests that many current state regulations have imposed unnecessary cost, burdern, and complexity." Read the entire Boston Globe article by Frank Phillips

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The NLRB Moves Against Western MA Labor Relations in a 6.5 Year Old Case

Verizon and IBEW have been parties to a labor contract for over 40 years.  Their contract's no-strike clause probhibits"...picketing of any of the company facilities during the term of the contract.  In 2008, while the contract was in effect, employees at the the Westfield, Springfield and Hatfield, MA facilites displayed pickets signs with various messages in the windows of the cars parked at the company facilities. Employees complied with the company told them to remove the signs.  No one was disciplined. The Union filed a grievance claining that requiring the signs' removal violed the labor contract.  The union also filed an unfair labor practice charge at the the NLRB.  Read more

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Help Massac husetts Officials Secure Storm Assistance

Governor Charlie Baker and his administration are working to secure federal relief for Massachusetts businesses as they recover from losses incurred during the recent stretch of snowstorms and cold weather.

Securing that relief will require the commonwealth to provide federal officials with an accurate estimate of the financial losses that you and other employers may have suffered.

That's why Associated Industries of Massachusetts is working with business organizations across the commonwealth to collect estimates of storm-related losses from as many employers as possible.

Please take just a few minutes to assist the governor - and yourself - by filling out this survey before noon on Monday, March 2:

COMPLETE SURVEY

Thank you for your time and input.

Sincerely,

Richard C. Lord

President and Chief Executive Officer

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Human Resource and Workplace Law Developments from Sullivan, Hayes & Quinn, LLC.   Click here for the latest news and what every employer needs to know.

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ALERT Fromt he Employers Association of the Northeast: Massachusetts Maternity Leave Law Set to Become Parental Leave, effective April 7, 2015

Among many other final enactments by departing Governor Deval Patrick, was the signing into law of a bill that was originally filed in 2013; this bill will now expand the state's Massachusetts Maternity Leave law to male employees as well.  Click here to learn what you need to know for your business!

 

AIM BLOG

Economic Recovery Provides Opportunity to Address Long-Term Challenges

An economic recovery that finally feels like a recovery provides Massachusetts policymakers with a rare opportunity to address the long-tern structural issues that will shape the Bay State business climate for the next century, the president of Associated Industries of Massachusetts said today. click on the title link above for the entire article.

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Get the Facts about MASSACHUSETTS PAID SICK LEAVE from the law firm of Sullivan, Hayes & Quinn, LLC.  Click here for what EVERY business needs to know!

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MANDATORY SICK LEAVE INITIATIVE SET TO GO INTO EFFECT JULY 1, 2015

The Employers Association of the Northeast (EANE) will hold two informational sessions on what every employer needs to know about the Mandatory Paid Sick Leave ruling that passed in the November 4th elections. Read more

News

Andrew 'A.J.' Crane, Co-Owner and Partner at A.Crane Cosntruction has been named as one of BusinessWest's 40 Under 40!  Read more about A.J. and congratulations from the Greater Chicopee Chamber!

We are pleased to announce that Jennifer Gallant, CFO, the first female CFO in the history of the Polish National Credit Union, has been named one of the 2015 Business West 40 Under Forty! 40 Under Forty is a celebration of 40 young business and civic  leaders in Western MA.  Congratulations Jennifer, from the Greater Chicopee Chamber of Commerce!  Read more about Jennifer

This month, under the direction of artist-in-residence, Denise Fontaine-Pincince, and art teacher, Mrs. Jackie Boudreau-Kinsey, a number of art students at Holyoke Catholic High School will experience “Art with Poetry.”  Funded by Holyoke Catholic High School and a grant from the Chicopee Cultural Council, the project kicked off with a PowerPoint presentation scanning the history of “Word & Image.” Following the introduction, students received a poetry assignment and were asked to cull words or phrases from their writing to inspire the creation of visual poetry in assemblage artwork. 

On display in the school gallery throughout the month of April, and serving as a model for this multidisciplinary genre, students can view a ‘visual poetry’ exhibit by Fontaine-Pincince entitled “Haiku Thank You” ─ prayers of gratitude in poetry and paint.  Read entire article

Congratulations to STEVE JENDRYSIK for his appointment as 2015 Honorary Commander of the 439th Airlift Wing at Westover Air Reserve Base!

Ron Proulx, Chairman of the Board
General Manager, Dave's Truck Repair, Spfld., MA

English cleric Charles Caleb Colton wrote: “Commerce flourishes by circumstances, precarious, transitory, contingent, almost as the winds and waves that bring it to our shores.”  Colton died in 1832, but his words are as true today as when he wrote them.

Economic uncertainty will always be a reality because no matter how strong the economy, there will always be a downshift and no matter how weak the economy, it will always find a way to bounce back.

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Published Friday, November 30, 2012

A national survey of 2,000 adults reveals that being active in a local chamber of commerce is an effective business strategy because two-thirds of consumers believe that such companies use good business practices, are reputable, care about their customers, and are involved in the community.

The study, conducted by The Schapiro Group, an Atlanta-based strategic consulting firm, found consumer perceptions of chamber members to be positive in many ways:
 
When consumers know that a small business is a member of the chamber of commerce, they are 49% more likely to think favorably of it and 80% more likely to purchase goods or services from the company in the future.

To read the full article, click here.

Greater Chicopee Chamber

264 Exchange Street

Chicopee MA 01013

T: (413) 594-2101

F: (413) 594-2103


Members in Action

The new Verizon Wireless Zone at the Walmart Plaza, Chicopee, is offering 25% off ALL accessories AND repairs to Greater Chicopee Chamber Members! They repair ALL carrier phones including Androids and iPhones: iPads, too! All repairs are done in-store by a fully trained staff.  AND, we'll be having our June 24th Business After Hours there!  Please stop by before then and check out their great products, services and staff!  Click here

LEE - Amie Miarecki has been hired as Marketing and Development manager for Porchlight VNA/Home Care.

Miarecki will focus on customer service, business development, and brand awareness for the free-standing, not-for-profit organization. Read more

Get a 10% Discount off Boys & Girls Club of Chicopee Summer Camp if you're a member of the Greater Chicopee Chamber or South Hadley & Granby Chamber! Other savings available for City employees and the Military. Can't beat the price or the place!!  Click here details!
Chamber member Good Works Insurance believes that they should have a 'Purpose Beyond Profit' so they return a percentage of premiums written each year to a local charity or nonprofit chosen by the Chamber Board. Find out more here!
As a member of the Chamber of Commerce, you can take advantage of a one-time $100 credit when you sign up for Charter Business communication services.  Read more