Labor & workforce development

Senator Friedman has sponsored the following bills relative to labor and workforce development in the 2019-2020 legislative session:

S939 An Act relative to sexual harassment

  • Summary: This bill would update the Commonwealth’s laws pertaining to workplace discrimination and sexual harassment to ensure that alternative, non-employee workers, such as investors, volunteers and independent contractors, are offered the same protections under the law as traditional employees.

S1075 An Act amending the unemployment insurance law for workers with fluctuating work schedules

  • Summary: This bill would fix a loophole in current unemployment insurance (UI) law. Currently, workers that have been employed for the same length of time and earned exactly the same amount of wages may have unequal access to UI benefits depending on how those wages were distributed between two calendar quarters of the year preceding their claim for benefits.

S1076 An Act relative to establishing a prevailing wage for security guard services

  • Summary: This bill would mandate payment of the prevailing wage for security guard services contracted by the Commonwealth, similar to the existing prevailing wage requirement for cleaning and maintenance services. It would also extend the prevailing wage mandate to quasi-state agencies contracting for cleaning, maintenance or security guard services.

S1077 An Act relative to fair pay for comparable work

  • Summary: This bill would address disparities between the rate of pay for human service workers employed directly by the state and those employed by agencies with which the state contracts. It would require the state, over the course of five years, to increase its rate of reimbursement for human services providers in order to reduce and ultimately eliminate the pay disparity.

S1850 An Act relative to state contracting

  • Summary: This bill would close a loophole in existing law to ensure that cleaning and maintenance workers working in quasi-state agencies would have the same right to be paid the prevailing wage as those working in state-owned facilities.