Legislative Advocacy

MLP is committed to keeping members updated about issues that impact your livelihood.  The voices of MLP members are a powerful force in efforts to make positive legislative changes for the landscape industry.  We urge you to stay informed and get involved in whatever ways you can!


 

S.2314 AN ACT RELATIVE TO SNOW REMOVAL SERVICE LIABILITY LIMITATION

(formerly known as: S.1116, AN ACT RELATIVE TO SNOW REMOVAL SERVICE LIABILITY LIMITATION)

MLP’s top legislative priority this session is to ensure passage of this Bill (the number for which has been changed from S.1116 to S.2314). Thanks to a groundswell of industry support over the summer, the Bill was reported favorably by the Committee on Labor and Workforce Development and referred to the Senate Ways and Means Committee.

In order to keep this valuable piece of legislation moving forward, we need members to call, email or send a letter to the Chair of the Ways & Means Committee (click here for sample letter) in support of the proposed legislation as soon as possible.

The Honorable Michael J. Rodrigues
Chairman, Senate Committee on Ways and Means
State House, Room 212
Boston, MA 02133
(617) 722-1114

[email protected]

Please keep MLP in the loop with your communication.

Click here for a copy of the full Bill, as well as its history.

Thank you for your help with this important Legislative Action.


S.2255, PAID FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE ACT

The Department of Family and Medical Leave issued final regulations on June 18 that reflect the new date for implementation of the payroll tax (October 1, 2019) and adjust the rate of the payroll tax up to 0.75 percent. The increase allows the Department to collect the same aggregate amount ($800M) estimated to fund the program under the original time frame.

The final regulations can be viewed here: https://www.mass.gov/regulations/458-CMR-200-department-of-family-and-medical-leave

Beginning October 1, 2019, employers are responsible for:

- Reporting wages paid, payment for contract services rendered, and other information about your workforce

- Determining contribution amounts for your workforce and you as employer where applicable (employers with fewer than 25 employees are not required to make contributions)

- Making deductions for employee contributions through payroll services, as wages or independent contractor services

- Notifying your workforce of the PFML law