Springfield area law firm hosts seminar on Grand Bargain Bill


The Grand Bargain Bill was signed into law by Governor Charlie Baker last month, increasing minimum wage, requiring paid leave for workers and also mandating an annual sales tax holiday.

Although the law doesn’t go into effect  for the next few years.. dozens of employers gathered for a seminar on what this means for their businesses Tuesday morning.

The event was hosted by Skoler, Abbott and Presser, a labor and employment law firm serving employers in the greater Springfield area. 

Timothy Murphy is a partner here at Skoler, Abbott and Presser. He told 22News they expect the grand bargain bill to have a dramatic impact on businesses in Massachusetts.  

“Beginning in 2021, they will have to provide paid leave to employers for a variety of reasons, including employees own serious health conditions,” said Murphy.

They would be entitled up to 20 weeks a year for that. The new Paid Family and Medical Leave Program would also allow employees up to 12 weeks to care for a family member or bond with a new child. That time would nearly double for an emergency related to deployed family members.

Increased minimum wage will phase in over the next five years with an initial increase taking effect in January 2019. 

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