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Groups urge three-month delay in new paid leave taxes

State House News Service |

State government should approve a three-month delay in payroll taxes needed to fund the new paid family and medical leave program, according to a coalition of groups.

Mass. unemployment rate hit lowest level in 19 years

Devina Bhalla |

April's unemployment rate was down from 3.0% in March to 2.9% in April, which is the lowest rate since December 2000, according to state officials.

You can still fire workers for using marijuana

KURT BINDER |

Employers can prohibit employees from using or being under the influence of marijuana in the workplace. Yet, the law does not address regulating use outside of the workplace.

The economic impact of legal pot is limited, as Mass. seeks the right balance

Grant Welker |

Worcester could have up to 15 cannabis shops. Western cities of similar size show there could be demand for far more, but the economic impact may not be so noticeable.

Employers optimistic, but watching worker shortage

State House News Service |

Confidence among Massachusetts employers rebounded last month from a decline in March but businesses remain worried about a persistent shortage of qualified workers, analysts said.

State economy marks strong first quarter

State House News Service |

The state economy grew at a 4.6 percent annual rate in the first quarter, an increase from the 2.3 percent growth rate in the fourth quarter of 2018.

Nichols College adding three new majors

Nichols College will begin two new marketing majors and a finance major this fall it says will better prepare students for shifting industry demands in the coming years.

Education, health, manufacturing and science jobs keep Mass. unemployment at 3.0%

Private businesses in Massachusetts added 5,400 jobs in March as gains occurred in nearly every industry categorized by the state Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development.

Worcester man charged with fraud while running employment agency

A Worcester man is facing federal charges after authorities say he lied to his employment agency's insurance carrier and underreported wages to minimize his workers' compensation insurance premiums.

Bowditch courting new attorneys

Worcester law firm Bowditch & Dewey has rebranded as Bowditch as part of a larger effort to transition to younger attorneys.

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