2021 Minimum Wage Increases

Article contributed by Mark Adams Minimum Wage is on the Rise Throughout New England! For Massachusetts, the minimum wage increased from $12.75 to $13.50 per hour effective January 1st.  The tipped employee wage also increased from $4.95 to $5.55 per hour. Vermont saw its minimum wage increase from $10.96 per hour to $11.75 per hour …

EANE Member Organizations Are Spreading Good Cheer This Holiday Season

We have all learned a lot about the value of strong communities in 2020! EANE would like to help our community of non-profit and human service member organizations spread the word about the fundraising and community support efforts they’re making during this season of giving. Please click on the link below to see the list …

Help Employees Cope With COVID Crisis

EANE President, Meredith Wise, was recently interviewed by BusinessWest for an article that they published about the ways that many businesses in Western Massachusetts have been offering their employees support through the battle-fatigue that has become part of our professional lives over the last several months. See if you recognize any other EANE member organizations …

Avoid These FMLA Frustrations!

EANE assists members with over 5,000 hotline calls each year.  What might surprise you is that 30% or more of our calls relate in some way to the interpretation and administration of the complex FMLA regulations.  If you find FMLA – Frustrating, Mystifying, and causing you Lots of Anxiety, trust me you are in very …

The Power Of Words

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” Remember this school-yard rhyme that we  all learned early in life? If only it were true! Grade school gave us that little limerick along with lessons about spelling, grammar and punctuation. What we weren’t taught is that the little strings of letters …

Trump Executive Order Sends Mixed Message About Diversity Training

The value of a diverse organization has been espoused by many.  According to McKinsey & Company*, a gender-diverse organization’s financial performance can be up to 15% better than other organizations. Yet, when President Trump issued an executive order on September 22nd that prohibited federal contractors and subcontractors from conducting certain forms of training, it left …

Successful Businesses Foster a Culture of Respect

Do you have a respectful workplace culture? Would your employees answer the same way you or the leadership team would when asked that question? A respectful workplace not only helps build your organizations success and brand – it is a critical factor in employee engagement. Recently both Harvard Business Review and Gallup published reports that …

Updated FFCRA Eligibility & Back To School Policies

The Department of Labor has recently added several questions and answers to their employer FAQ’s with regard to the FFCRA leave requirements. These are KEY updates that address employer and employee concerns as we all tackle the difficulties with kids going back to school in remote or hybrid scenarios. Pay particular attention to questions 98, …

When School and Workplaces Collide

Navigating the Sea of Change If 2020 and the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us two things, it is that: A) employers and employees alike need to be both flexible and agile in order to survive, and B) that change has become “the new normal”. Some of these changes have been driven by ever-changing federal and state laws …