Joint CCLA/HB&RACC Annual Meeting

meeting-iconDate: Tuesday, May 12th, 2015
Place:
Stonewood Products Harwich  (Directions)
Time:
 6 P.M – 8 P.M.

We hope you’ll come join us on Tuesday, May 12th for our second annual CCLA/HB&RACC meeting.

This will be a social event with a theme!  How to squeeze in the most outdoor living time in your day!  On the agenda…relaxing and networking while enjoying beer, wine and appetizers. We’ll be meeting at the outdoor facilities of Stonewood Products, fire pits, outdoor kitchen, water feature and more.   There will be various vendors and a ten minute presentation…the remainder of the evening will be spend enjoying the beautiful outdoor space at Stonewood and celebrating outdoor living.

The Home Builders and CCLA will provide appetizers and liquid refreshment for our guests for a $10 fee.  You must be pre-registered and pre-paid for this event.

In order to plan properly, we are asking you to RSVP by registering on our website with the names of all guests attending by May 5.

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URGENT LEGISLATIVE ACTION: Contact your legislator and encourage a delay in the Mandated Sick Leave Law until 1/1/2016

MRAAs you know, voters approved a ballot question that mandates paid sick leave for all employees of employers with 11 or more employees. This law is scheduled to go into effect on July 1, 2015.

 

Many employers remain unsure of all of the necessary steps to ensure compliance because the final regulations will not be ready until late June or early July. In addition, posters and informational documents are not yet available.  It is virtually impossible to implement such a wide sweeping regulation that impacts the entire Massachusetts workforce in such a short time frame.

 

In order to prevent mistakes regarding eligibility, time accrual, record keeping, notice, integration with other time-off and leave programs, the development of sick leave related policies and procedures, and to avoid litigation risk, we believe that a delay till January is necessary and reasonable.

 

Your elected officials need to hear from you. For maximum impact, all owners and their managers should write, call or email their state reps and senators. Your elected officials live in your communities and they visit your restaurants.

 

Click here to find your State Rep and State Senator. Call or email and encourage them to delay the Paid Sick Leave implementation until January 1, 2016.

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Don’t Let One Bite Change Your Life… A Guide to the use of Tick Repellents

The use of repellents can be a highly effective way to prevent tick bites and reduce the risk of getting any number of tick-borne diseases including Lyme, babesiosis and anaplasmosis.

Beginning in 2015 manufacturers will have the option of using images developed by the EPA to place on product packaging. The intent is to communicate the effectiveness of the product. Note, these images illustrate the effectiveness of repellents applied to skin:

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Download the Repellent Fact Sheet – Courtesy from the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension Barnstable County Dept Health & Environment.

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Department of Labor resumes H-2B visa application process

CapHillThe Department of Labor (DOL) has resumed processing H-2B visa applications through April 15, 2015, after a Florida federal district court temporarily stayed its decision finding that the DOL lacked the authority to issue regulations for the program.
On March 18, 2015, the Florida district court issued an order effectively permitting the DOL to restart its processing of H-2B visa applications and continue under that rule through April 15, 2015.

According to the DOL website, any application for certification or prevailing wage determination that has not completed DOL processing by the time the stay ends as of April 16, 2015, may no longer be processed under the 2008 H-2B rule.

Seasonal businesses, including many in the equipment rental industry, use the H-2B program to fill temporary vacancies during peak work periods. Without the program, seasonal businesses are left without a legal mechanism to hire employees when they have exhausted their efforts to recruit American workers. The H-2B visa workforce coalition, of which the American Rental Association (ARA) is a member, had said that the court order in no way required the DOL to suspend processing prevailing wage determinations or labor certifications.

“ARA is hopeful that a new approach through the Congressional appropriations process may be successful in keeping the program functioning, since the Administration and DOL actions seem to indicate a continued effort to undermine the H2-B program,” says John McClelland, ARA vice president, government affairs.

You can find more information about this on the DOL website, foreignlaborcert.doleta.gov.

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