Under current unemployment law, an unemployed worker is eligible to receive extended unemployment benefits to participate in vocational training. This bill extends the period in which a claimant has to submit an application for training programs.
Increases state earned income tax credit from 15%, which is low nationally, to 50%, to help provide a path out of poverty.
This bill makes it unlawful to subject an employee to an abusive work environment. It also makes it unlawful to retaliate against an employee who opposes an unlawful employment practice, or who makes a charge, testified, or participated in the investigation
Establishes a $15/hour living wage for employees of the Commonwealth and it’s contractors and subcontractors, indexed to inflation.
Starts state workers at $13.89/hour. This applies to companies getting state contracts, tax credits and subsidies. 120 municipalities in MA already have this law.
Establishes collective bargaining rights for CPCS employees (public defenders)
This bill amends the section of the law that gives the state the authority to investigate and establish regulations to protect the safety and health of Massachusetts workers, and establishes federal OSHA as the baseline for such rules and regulations. This way, all employees have consistent safety protections – and public employees don’t just receive such protections after a death or serious injury.