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  • Advice

    10 Things I know about ... Pregnancy in the workplace

    Chelsie Vokes

    "Pregnant workers will soon have more legal power so they can work safely and deal with health conditions," writes Chelsie Vokes, a labor and employment lawyer at Worcester law firm Bowditch & Dewey.

  • Advice

    101: Managing employees across time zones

    Sloane M. Perron

    Establishing expectations, clear communication, and leveraging software are all ways you can make sure your team is on the same page, no matter where they work.

  • Advice

    Yesterday’s mechanic is today’s technician, and that’s good news

    Tim Winkeler

    Today, vehicle owners are best served looking for qualified and certified automotive technicians, rather than mere mechanics.

  • Opinion

    A Thousand Words: Cannabis Control Commission drama

    Ramón L. Sandoval

    Tensions were high at a May 23 Cannabis Control Commission meeting when one commission said another another had done something to create intense upheaval, discord, and instability.

  • Editorial

    Editorial: Huge healthcare investments

    UMass Chan's NERB and UMass Memorial's North Pavilion will have far-reaching impacts in the Central Massachusetts community for years to come.

  • Opinion

    Viewpoint: Getting state diversity certification is worth it for your business

    Julia Becker Collins

    While the application process can be long with exhaustive documentation and wait times, the opportunities it unlocks absolutely make it worth it.

  • Editorial

    From the Editor: Small town theater nostalgia

    When I was growing up in a small city in Ohio, one of the main community gathering places was a single-screen movie theater on the city’s main street. With its ever-changing marquee and settled amid a few blocks of downtown commerce full of owner-operator small businesses, that theater was a fixture of my early childhood.

  • Movers & Shakers
    Movers & Shakers

    Movers & Shakers for June 10, 2024

    Employees at the Community Economic Development Assistance Corp., Fidelity Bank, and NAI Glickman Kovago & Jacobs moving up in their careers.

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Today's Poll

Should the U.S. government ban federal funding and American cooperation with WuXi Biologics and other biotech companies who allegedly have close ties to foreign adversaries?
Poll Description

The BIOSECURE Act, a bipartisan piece of federal legislation under consideration by Congress, would cut off federal funding for biotech companies with close ties to governments considered to be foreign adversaries, including China. The legislation would require American companies to terminate any outsourcing agreements or equipment contracts with foreign companies deemed to be security risks.

Supporters of the legislation in Congress argue that biotech companies with ties to the Chinese Communist Party or military pose a national security risk, expressing concern about foreign adversaries having the potential to disrupt supply chains or have access to Americans’ genetic data. Some in the life science industry have expressed concerns about the potential disruptful impact of this legislation.  

The House bill currently has ten co-sponsors, including Rep. Jake Auchincloss (D-Newton) and Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Salem).

The bill would give the federal government the authority to add entities to a list of companies of concern. The most recent version of the legislation specifically targets five entities, including WuXi Biologics, a Chinese company constructing a $300-million, 189,500-square-foot biomanufacturing facility in Worcester expected to be operational in 2025. The City of Worcester had reported a pause of construction at the site, although work appears to be continuing.