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Massachusetts Division of Insurance Urges Carrier Flexibility with Vacancy Provisions

The Massachusetts Division of Insurance has notified all property and casualty insurance carriers in the state that they are expected to take steps to preserve insurance coverage for businesses ordered to shut down due to the coronavirus crisis. “Insurance coverage …

Massachusetts Begins Phased Reopening, Implements Safety Standards for Workplaces

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has implemented mandatory safety standards for workplaces to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmissions as the state begins its phased reopening of businesses. All businesses in Massachusetts must develop a written plan for how they will …

Hold the Phone: Massachusetts’ Hands-Free Driving Law to Take Effect

Massachusetts’ new hands-free driving law takes effect this Sunday, February 23rd. The law, signed by Governor Charlie Baker in November, is intended to reduce the number of distracted driving injuries and deaths in the state. It imposes penalties enforced by …

Massachusetts Rail System Addressing Engineers With Bad Driving Records

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker is taking steps ensure that commuter rail engineers with poor personal driving records aren’t putting passengers’ safety at risk. The Boston Globe reports the Republican governor notified the Federal Railroad Administration this week that commuter rail …

Senator Flanagan First Appointee to Massachusetts Marijuana Regulatory Post

A state senator was named Wednesday by Governor Charlie Baker to the regulatory board that will oversee the cannabis industry in Massachusetts. Sen. Jennifer Flanagan, of Leominster, is the first appointee to the five-member Cannabis Control Commission. She will serve …

Massachusetts Governor Signs Bipartisan Pregnant Worker Protection Legislation

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker last month signed H. 3680, a bipartisan bill to extend protections to pregnant workers in the state. The legislation, An Act Establishing the Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, will prohibit workplace and hiring discrimination related to …

New Safety Rules Approved After Fatal Massachusetts Duck Boat Accident

Massachusetts lawmakers have given final approval to new safety rules for amphibious sightseeing vehicles, more commonly known as duck boats. The bill was enacted by the House and Senate during informal sessions. The measure would require all duck boat operators …