EEO-1 Portal Set To GO Live on April 26, 2021

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently announced that the 2019 and 2020 EEO-1 Component 1 data collection will open on Monday, April 26, 2021.  (EEO-1 reporting is required of companies with 100 or more employees; or of federal contractors who have 50 or more employees.) The information will be collected via a brand new website …

Unemployment Fraud Headaches Continue!

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts recently issued tax form 1099-G for individuals who received unemployment benefits in the Calendar Year 2020. Unfortunately, many were sent to individuals who were victims of UI fraud and never filed nor personally received UI benefits. This has caused obvious angst and stress. Many victims are having a difficult time navigating or receiving …

COVID-19 and Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave

It is Not a One Size Fits All Outcome Now that 2021 is here, we are in the next phase of implementation of the Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Act.  Effective January 1st, claims can be submitted by covered employees for: a serious health condition that incapacitates them from work (up to 20 weeks). …

Parting Ways In A New Era

Article contributed by Barbara Piucci Hiring, onboarding, performance management, open enrollment, resignations, terminations, and exit interviews during a pandemic. The question: How do I do this remotely now? The answer, with a few exceptions, is: With the same planning and care that you have used in the past face-to-face.    Decentralized organizations with large workforces …

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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 …