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In 2018, Governor Baker signed H.4640 An Act relative to minimum wage, paid family medical leave and the sales tax holiday, also known as the “Grand Bargain.” This has left employers scrambling to understand the implications to their business and employees. Attorney Jenifer Pinkham will help guide discussion around H.4640.

The legislation creates a permanent 2-day weekend sales tax holiday. The bill also gradually raises the Commonwealth’s minimum wage to $15/hour over five years, with the initial increase taking effect in January 2019. Coupled with that increase will be a raise to the minimum base wage rate for tipped workers, up to $6.75, that will also phase in over a 5-year period commencing in January of 2019.

The third major component of H.4640 introduces a new Paid Family and Medical Leave program for in Massachusetts employers and employees. The new program will provide employees who contribute to the program the ability to take paid leave for up to 12 weeks a year care for a family member or bond with a new child, 20 weeks a year to deal with a personal medical issue, and up to 26 weeks to deal with an emergency related to deployment of a family member for military service.




Presenting Speaker: Jenifer M. Pinkham, Esq. | Phifer Pinkham, LLC

Ms. Pinkham is a frequent lecturer and speaker on various employment law topics. She also is hired to conduct training sessions for businesses to instruct owners and their staff how to handle various employment law issues in the workplace. Ms. Pinkham areas of expertise include employment law, civil, business and probate litigation, probate administration, including guardianships and conservatorships, special education advocacy and appeals, and intellectual property, including licenses, trademarks and copyright. Jenifer currently serves on the Board of Directors at the South Shore Chamber of Commerce. She also serves on the Board of Directors at South Shore Stars.

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