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Worcester Sox will be voice for oral health care, official says

State House News Service |

Dr. Charles Steinberg wore three Red Sox World Series rings -- he hasn't received his fourth yet -- on his left hand in a State House hearing room Wednesday, the bejeweled red "B's" glimmering as he...

Paid family and medical leave comes to Massachusetts

David M. Felper and Chelsie A. Vokes |

What to know about the state's new paid family and medical leave law, which will start affecting businesses in 2021.

Worcester area economy grew 3.2% last year

The Worcester area's economy grew 3.2 percent last year, its highest annual rate since the 1990s on the strength of a low unemployment rate.

WooSox stadium deal about more than numbers


Looking solely at the numbers, Worcester's deal to bring the Pawtucket Red Sox to town ain't a good deal. Depending on how we define economic benefit, it may turn out to be a bad deal.

Central Mass. communities have different philosophies for tax breaks

Grant Welker |

A Worcester Business Journal investigation shows a broad range of practices in how communities use — or don't — tax breaks for development.

Legal marijuana not causing biz to shift on testing

About two-thirds of Massachusetts employers test their employees or prospective employees for drug use, but only 10 percent said they plan to alter their drug testing policies now that it is legal...

QCC lands $143K workforce training grant for small businesses

Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester has been awarded a $143,000 grant from the Commonwealth Corp. to address the training needs of small businesses.

Labor releases draft paid leave law regulations

State House News Service |

The state released draft rules for the new paid family and medical leave program on Wednesday, laying out how it sees the new Department of Family and Medical Leave operating and giving the public a...

Wage law delay requests pits interests of tipped workers, restaurants

State House News Service |

The coalition behind last year's successful bill raising the minimum wage says the restaurant industry is trying to backtrack on part of the legal agreement, which an industry official says has...

Mass. unemployment falls to 3.3%

Zachary Comeau |

The state's unemployment rate dropped one-tenth of a percentage to 3.3 percent in December, as 5,600 jobs were added.

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