Entries by Jason Lewis

Comprehensive Economic Development Legislation Passed Into Law

The Massachusetts Legislature recently passed, and Governor Charles Baker signed into law, comprehensive economic development legislation including investments, initiatives and incentives to promote development and workforce training, create jobs and stimulate the Commonwealth’s economy. The legislation strengthens existing programs and authorizes $743.9M in capital spending over a period of three years for a range of […]

Massachusetts Senate Passes Wage Theft Legislation with Support from Senator Jason Lewis

The Massachusetts Senate recently advanced important legislation pertaining to the issue of wage theft, S. 2416, An Act to prevent wage theft and promote employer accountability.  The wage theft bill gives the state greater power to go after corrupt employers and provides additional tools for the Attorney General’s office to hold violators fully accountable. “Wage […]

Column: A Productive Legislative Session on Beacon Hill

The state legislature recently wrapped up formal sessions for the 2015-16 legislative session. Although the House and Senate will continue to meet until the end of the year in informal sessions, most major pieces of legislation are only considered during formal sessions. So, now is a good time to take stock of what the legislature […]

Massachusetts Senate Passes Juvenile Justice Bill with Support from Senator Jason Lewis

The Massachusetts Senate recently passed important legislation pertaining to juvenile justice, S. 2417, An Act promoting transparency, best practices, and better outcomes for children and communities.  The legislation updates various areas of the law relating to juvenile justice to encourage rehabilitation and positive future outcomes for youth, to reduce recidivism and to ensure fair treatment […]

Massachusetts Senate Passes Human Trafficking Bill with Support from Senator Jason Lewis

The Massachusetts Senate recently advanced important legislation pertaining to human trafficking, S. 2444, An Act to strengthen the anti-human trafficking law.  The legislation increases protections for survivors of human trafficking while providing tools for public awareness, data reporting, and training for law enforcement, court personnel, health professionals and educators. “Human trafficking is an atrocity that […]

Massachusetts Senate Passes Bill Limiting Noncompetition Agreements with Support from Senator Jason Lewis

State lawmakers took a step forward in limiting noncompetition agreements in Massachusetts as the Massachusetts Senate passed S.2418, “An Act relative to the judicial enforcement of noncompetition agreements.” Most notably, the bill would restrict noncompetition agreements to three months and require employers to pay 100% of an employee’s annualized earnings during the restricted period, or […]

Massachusetts Senate Passes Bills Expanding Educational Opportunities with Support from Senator Jason Lewis

The Massachusetts Senate passed two pieces of legislation aimed at expanding educational opportunities for targeted populations in the Commonwealth. An Act creating higher education opportunities for students with intellectual and development disabilities will help to enable this population of students to attend college with their same-aged peers in an inclusive setting.  An Act for language […]