Senator Friedman is taking the lead on the following bills that were originally filed by the late Senator Ken Donnelly at the start of the 2017-2018 legislative session:
- Summary: Similar to the Workforce Training Fund (WTF), this bill would finance the Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund (WCTF) through an additional unemployment insurance assessment paid by Massachusetts employers. The amount of the assessment would be based on the number of current employees employed by individual employers.
- Summary: This bill would require the adjustment of rates and capitations for home and community-based services, including home care aides and home health aides, to enhance wages across this industry. “Capitation” refers to a payment arrangement for health care service providers.
- Summary: This bill would require employers to compensate employees when changes or cancellations are made to “on-call” work shifts.
- Summary: This bill would increase equity and uniformity in employment and contract statutes by increasing the statute of limitations (SOL) for prevailing wage, tips, overtime and wage withholding complaints, from 3 to 6 years. This would match the current SOL for an employer to bring a breach of contract complaint against an employee (i.e., 6 years).
- Summary: This bill would update the arbitration law for the Joint Labor Management Committee to ensure that provisions of contracts that were included in previous contract negotiations, but not in current dispute, could be arbitrated and part of a newly awarded contract.
- Summary: This bill would fix a legal loophole where certain workers, who would otherwise be eligible, are ineligible for unemployment insurance benefits because of the time-frame their prior work history.
- Summary: This bill would direct all Workforce Training Fund (WTF) assessment proceeds collected in excess of the annual $22 million cap to be transferred to the Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund (WCTF).
- Summary: This bill would allow up to 5% of Workforce Training Fund (WTF) funds to be used annually for the Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund (WCTF).
- Summary: This bill would add a new section to the state finance law to clarify that prevailing wage laws apply to any and all state departments, institutions, and regional authorities. In addition, it adds janitorial and custodial workers and security guards to the list of contracted employees covered by the prevailing wage in such departments.
- Summary: This bill would make certain debarments of contractors mandatory, including debarments for convictions for fraud or embezzlement, violations of state or federal laws related to campaign contributions and violations of state or federal laws regulating hours of labor, wages or worker’s compensation. This bill would also increase the fines and penalties for debarred contractors that continue to contract illegally.
Senator Friedman has co-sponsored the following bills relative to labor and workforce development in the 2017-2018 legislative session:
- Summary: This bill would prevent employers from requiring their employees to waive rights and remedies relating to future claims of discrimination, retaliation, sexual harassment, non-payment of wages, and violations of public policy.
- Summary: This bill would authorize the Attorney General’s Office to enforce wage and hour violations directly in the Massachusetts courts.
- Summary: This bill would propose various provisions to prevent wage theft and promote employer accountability.
- Summary: This bill would establish the right of Transportation Network Company (TNC) drivers (i.e., Uber and Lyft drivers) to organize and collectively bargain.
- Summary: This bill would add custodial and non-teaching public school staff positions to General Laws Chapter 71 for the purposes of collective bargaining.