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Upcoming Deadlines for Paid Family & Medical Leave

Employers should be aware of the following deadlines: 

Notification Deadline: September 30, 2019

Contribution Rate and Quarterly Collection: October 1, 2019

Program’s compliance deadlines were extended and the initial contribution rate was increased to account for the loss of three months’ worth of contributions. 

Leave Benefits: January 1, 2021 and July 1, 2021

The Department of Family and Medical leave is hosting a series of local events.  Click here for a list of dates, times and locations. 

Click here for more info on each of these deadlines.


RAM Offers New Restaurant Member Benefit

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RAM's new benefit provider PopMenu has: real-time menu management, photos and review approval, smart emails and social posts, no setup fee, no long term contracts.  They handle the entire build in under two weeks. SSL included and google friendly -- average 30% increase in organic search visitors.

Request a demo today: 1.844.POPMENU or [email protected]

Click here for more info.



Flavored Tobacco Ban

If you sell cigarettes, know that special interests are pushing the Legislature to ban flavored tobacco—particularly menthol cigarettes.  They are using the vaping issue as an excuse to do it, even though flavored vaping products are going away, and even though we recently went to a 21 sales age.  Let the 21 sales age work, and keep the vaping and cigarette issues separate.  At stake are choices for consumers, lost sales for small businesses, and hundreds of millions in lost tax dollars for the state.  Urge your state Senator & Representative to support consumer choice and their local small businesses.

Contact your Legislators.


101st Annual Meeting & RAMAE Luncheon

Join  us Thursday, November 14, 2019
for the 101st RAM Annual meeting (RAM membership required)
and the RAM Awards of Excellence (RAMAE) 
luncheon celebrating this year’s award winners.
Luncheon Address:
A Conversation on the State of Retail
Christopher Baldwin, Chairman & CEO, BJ's Wholesale Club and Chairman National Retail Federation Board
Graham Luce, General Counsel and Senior Vice President, BJ's Wholesale Club
There is no fee to attend, but registration is required.




Governor Charlie Baker declared a public health emergency exists with regard to e-cigarettes and vaping products.  With the declaration, the Governor imposed an IMMEDIATE SALES BAN ON ALL VAPING PRODUCTS & DEVICES.

The declaration takes effect Tuesday, September 24, and will reportedly remain in effect for 120 days, yet the duration of the ban is at the discretion of the Governor.

All members are advised to immediately cease selling vaping products and devices. 

Click here for updates posted to the  Dept. of Public Health Website 


 Out-of-state Remote Sellers & Marketplaces Begin Collecting MA Sales Tax on October 1st 

Brick-and-mortar Retailers Applaud a Level Playing Field 

830 CMR 64H.1.9:  Remote Retailers and Marketplace Facilitators

This emergency regulation explains the new MA sales and use tax collection requirements that apply to out-of-state “remote” sellers and marketplace facilitators (“marketplaces”) starting as of October 1, 2019.  Remote sellers must collect tax on sales of tangible personal property or services into MA when they have MA sales that exceed $100,000 in a calendar year.  Marketplaces must collect tax on behalf of third parties (“marketplace sellers”) selling through the marketplace when the marketplace’s total MA sales (including those facilitated on behalf of marketplace sellers and those made directly by the marketplace on its own behalf) exceed $100,000 in a calendar year.  As of October 1, 2019, the rules in 830 CMR 64H.1.7: Vendors Making Internet Sales will cease to apply.

Link to DOR Webpage