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June 16, 2021 -- Gov. Baker Signs COVID-19 Policy Extensions Law and Alert for MA Lottery Sales Agents: Oppose Pending Cashless Lottery and Online Lottery Proposals

The Retail Review -- 2nd Quarter 2021 Edition

June 9, 2021 -- CALL TO ACTION: Support Extension of Important COVID-19 Measures Set to Expire on June 15th

June 3, 2021 -- Baker Signs COVID-19 Emergency Paid Sick Leave Law

May 26, 2021 -- UI Tax Crisis Lingers as More Needs to be Done / Sample Signage for CDC Mask Guidance

May 24, 2021 --  iVision Announcement

May 17, 2021 --  MA to Fully Reopen on May 29th – All COVID Restrictions to be Lifted, Upcoming Action on Unemployment Insurance

May 7, 2021 -- State Revises Retail & Restaurant Protocols / DOR Updates Timeline for Relief of Certain Business Taxes

April 27, 2021 --Baker-Polito Administration Announces Plans for Continued Reopening, Face Coverings Update and Restaurant Revitalization Fund

April 15, 2021 --  State Issues Delay in Employers’ Q1 UI Payments After Outrage over Solvency Fund Assessment

April 14, 2021 -- REMINDER: TAKE ACTION NOW! Employers Experience Sizable Increases in Q1 UI Tax Bills

April 9, 2021 -- RAM Employers to Experience Sizable Increases in Q1 UI Tax Bills

April 2, 2021 -- MA Passes Unemployment Insurance Relief Law, Advanced Payment of Sales Tax Changes Effective TODAY - DOR Releases Final Guidance Sought by RAM & more

The Retail Review -- First Quarter 2021 Edition

March 18, 2021 -- Gov. Baker Announces Move to Step 1, Phase IV, Travel Order downgraded to Travel Advisory, Announces Vaccine Timeline for All Categories

March 9, 2021-  Early Remittance of Sales Tax – Changes Coming in April.  Tell your legislators, Gov. Baker and Lt. Gov. Polito it’s not too late to fix, delay, or at least simplify it!

March 3, 2021 -- Annual Health Insurance Survey

February 25, 2021 --State Relaxes Restrictions, Returns to 50% Capacity and Biden Administration Announces Changes to the Paycheck Protection Program

February 23, 2021 -- New Tax Credits for Establishing a Retirement Plan for your Business!

February 17, 2021 -- MA DOR Draft Guidance on Upcoming Sales/Meals Tax Changes:  Early Remittance for Many Coming Due April 25th and Update on Vaccination Roll Out

February 4, 2021 --  Business Capacity Limits Eased,  Employer Options for Workforce Vaccine Cite, State's Tourism Website Info, RAM Health Insurance Webinar

January 29, 2021 -- MA Entering Phase 2 of Vaccine Rollout, RAM Health Insurance Cooperative Webinar, Small Business Administration PPP Webinar

January 21, 2021 -- Governor Baker Eliminates 9:30PM Business Restrictions, Extends 25% Capacity Two More Weeks

January 19, 2021 -- PPP Webinar, RAM Health Insurance Cooperative Webinar, Gov. Baker Signs $16.5B Transportation Bond Bill, Vetoes TNC Fee Increases

January 15, 2021 --  MGCC Deadline Extended Thru Monday; SBA PPP Webinar on 1/25; Holiday Premium Pay Fix Signed Into Law

January 14, 2021 -- Last Chance:  MA Small Business Grant Application Period Closes Tomorrow at Midnight, Save the Date for SBA Webinar, RAM Health Insurance Cooperative

January 7, 2021 -- Governor Extends Restrictions, December Holiday Sales Survey and Small Business PPP Update Webinar and Program Guidance

January 4, 2021 -- MA Small Business Grant Application Period Is Open, Legislative Update, Wage and Labor Law Update, PPP Update and Holiday Sales Survey

December 23, 2020 -- Governor Announces More than $650 Million in Small Business Grants, Updated RAM Employee Handbook

December 22, 2020 -- Gov. Baker Announces Further Restrictions Effective Saturday Dec. 26th; Most Businesses, Retail, Restaurants Moving to 25% Occupancy Limit

December 15, 2020 -- Five Months Late, Baker Signs FY21 Budget into Law, Retailers Unhappy with Sales Tax Changes

December 8, 2020 -- Gov. Baker Announces New COVID-19 Restrictions, Rollback to Phase 3, Step 1

The Retail Review  -- November/ December 2020 edition 

December 2, 2020 -- RAM Launches Holiday #BUYINMA Radio & Digital Campaign

November 30, 2020 -- RAM Launches Weekly Holiday Sales Survey, State Issues Reminder to All Employers of Reporting, Contact Tracing Responsibilities as Cases Surge 

November 19, 2020 -- Bob Phibbs, The Retail Doctor, presentation at RAM Annual Meeting

November 17, 2020 -- Prepayment of Sales Tax is Coming – Ask your Legislators to Make it Simple

November 6, 2020 -- Annual Meeting, Holiday Sales Prediction, PPP webinar

November 2, 2020 -- New COVID Advisory & Orders; RAM Annual Meeting Nov 19

October 27, 2020 -- Reminder for PFML Discussion Oct, 28 and PPP webinar November 10

October 22, 2020 -- Governor Announces Small Business Recovery Grants; Lower Sales, Higher Costs  Endanger MA Main Streets

October 16, 2020 --  Gov. Baker Submits Revised FY21 State Budget Proposal, Continues Pursuit of Troubling Sales Tax Changes

October 6, 2020 -- Paid Family and Medical Leave: Two Online Opportunities to Prepare Your Business

September 29, 2020 -- Electricity Program Deadline, Changes in Reopening, Dressing Room & Food Court Restrictions Relaxed

September 24, 2020 -- RAM Electricity Programs, Retail & Restaurant Sector Guidance Updates, Boston Plastic Bag Ban, Survey Reminder

September 16, 2020 -- State Leaders Announce Further Extension of Administrative Tax Relief for Businesses

September 11, 2020 -- Updated order for outdoor dining, arcades

The Retail Review -- Summer 2020 edition

August 31, 2020 -- 2020 Sales Tax Holiday Impact Survey, My Local MA Campaign Launch

August 19, 2020  - Updated Guidance and Sales Tax Holiday Reminder

August 6, 2020 -  COVID -19 July Survey on Sales and the Economy

July 31, 2020 -- MA Legislature Extends Formal Session,  Updated Survey on Sales and the Economy

July 22, 2020 -  State Authorizes Restaurant Sales of To-Go Cocktails, Gov. Baker Extends Moratorium on Evictions and Foreclosures

July 14, 2020 -  Oppose Local & Regional Transportation Ballot Initiatives

July 11, 2020 -- RAM Commits to Addressing Systematic Racism and Discrimination, DPH to End Reusable Bag Ban, Allow Municipal Plastic Bag Bans to Resume Effect

July 5, 2020 -  RAM's Multiple Employer 401k Plan allows you to keep your trusted financial advisor -- Learn how you can participate.

July 2, 2020 -- MA Enters Phase Three of Reopening Plan on Monday, July 6th

June 30, 2020 --Ask the Legislature to Honor their Commitment, Sales Tax Holiday Weekend Aug.29-30

June 19, 2020 -- Gov. Gives Green Light to Resume Indoor Dining on Monday & Allows Use of Fitting Rooms (by appointment), Extension of Sales & Meals Tax Relief

June 10, 2020 - New Member Survey, SBA Webinar, MassInc Survey

June 5, 2020 -- Gov. Baker Will Announce Phase 2 Reopen Date on Saturday, Joint RAM Pioneer Institute Survey, Congress Approves Changes to Paycheck Protection Program

June 1, 2002 --  Gov. Baker Issues New Executive Order in Advance of Phase 2, Releases Rules, Checklist & Guidance for Retail Reopening

May 29, 2020 -- Governor Talks Phase II of Re-opening, Releases Guidance for Restaurants & Lodging, Retail Guidance Expected Early Next Week

May 27, 2020 -- Phase One: Retail Curbside Pickup & Remote Fulfillment Rules...But what’s next?

May 22, 2020 -- RAM Members Eagerly Await Rare Weekend Changes to Essential Services FAQs:  Curbside Pickup & Remote Fulfillment Rules Expected

May 21, 2020 -- All Essential Businesses are Required to Self-certify by May 25th to Remain Open, Paycheck Protection Program Relief

May 18, 2020 -- RAM Disappointed by Reopening Plan

May 15, 2020 -- Reopening Plan Due Monday / Q&A with RAM President / PPP, PFML and EBT Updates

May 8, 2020 --Please Participate In This Important RAM Survey On Reopening the  Economy, COVID-19 Essential Services FAQs - Updated

May 4, 2020 -- Gov. Baker Updates “Essential Services” Guidance, Allow for Remote Fulfillment in Closed Stores and Warehouses

May 1, 2020 E-news -- RAM First to Appear before Gov. Baker’s Economic Reopening Advisory Board, Statewide Face Covering Order, NRF Guidance for Retailers 

April 24, 2020 e-news

NRF Foundation Now Offering Free Online Skills Training During Health Crisis

Member Benefit Program Update

AG Healey Launches Resource Site for First Responders & Relief Programs Aimed at Small Business

RAM Facebook Page for MA Retail Relief

Essential vs. Non-essential Services

Federal Paid Sick Time & Leave Requirements

President's Letter -- April/May 2020

The Retail Review - March/ April 2020 edition

April 7 E-news -- Gov. Baker Issues New Grocery Store Customer Limits, Preempts Local Boards of Health; Updated Essential Services FAQs; Meals for Heros Restaurant List

April 3 E-news -- Governor Signs Law Allowing for Immediate Restaurant Beer/Wine Sales with Takeout Meals

April 1: E-News update on SBA's Paycheck Protection Program

March 31 E-news update -- Gov. Baker Extends Order Limiting Operations to COVID-19 Essential Services, Provides Updated Guidance and FAQs on What/Who is Essential

March 27 E-news update -- MA AG Issues Employee Rights and Employer Obligations, SBA Express Bridge Loan Program, CARES ACT Update

March 25 E-News:  State Issues FAQs, Further Guidance on Defining Who/What is “Essential”

March 24 E-news: Updates, Emergency Orders and Guidance 

March 23 - Non Essential Businesses to Cease in Person Operations

March 19 E-news -- Sales, Meals and Room Occupancy Tax Remittance Delay

March 18 E-news  --COVID-19 Update

March 15 E-news -- An Important Message to RAM members, COVID-19 Survey and Resources

NRF/ Coronavirus Resources for Retailers

Massachusetts STEM Summit 2020

The RAM Health Insurance Cooperative is NOW thriving – and growing – in 2020!

Why sales tax revenues are soaring (CommonWealth Op -Ed, 1-22-2020)

DFML Small Employer Advisory Group

Hurst and Hudson Appointed By Governor Baker to Merged Market Advisory Council

The Retail Review -- January/ February 2020 Edition

Governor Baker Files $44.6B State Budget:  Proposes "Real Time" Sales Tax Collections & Lottery Sales on Debit Cards

Legal Update:  MA Adopts Distracted Driving Law

2020 MA Wage& Hour Posting from AG's office.

Paid Family and Medical Leave Contributions Due January 31, 2020

2019 RAMAE Winners

December is Crohn's and Colitis Awareness Month

The Retail Review -- November/ December 2019 edition

MassHires

Operation Able

U.S. Department of Labor Issues Final Overtime Rule

Attorney General Certifies 12 Initiative Petitions to Continue on Path to 2020 Ballot

 

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