September 22, 2021


It's that time of year again!  Nominate your

favorite retailer for a RAMAE!


For more than 20 years, The RAMAEs have honored small and large retailers, rookies and veterans, identifying hidden gems from all corners of the state.  Help us identify the businesses who deserve to be recognized for their resilience, innovation, customer service or going above and beyond to make the retail experience memorable.
Click here to nominate your favorite retailers for 2021. Tell us why you love your favorite shops and restaurants. Let us know about a business that is doing something truly unique or employees that should be recognized.  Nominate your business. Nominate a business that has been a part of your community for generations.  Let us know where you go when you want it done right or need something special.


RAM Fixed Rate Electricity Offerings 


Fixed Rate Electricity Supply Program


RAM continues to partner with electricity broker Freedom Energy Logistics (FEL) to secure Fixed Rate Electric Supply Pricing for members. The fixed rate program is designed to protect your business against unexpected price fluctuations commonly experienced in the electricity market.  This allows members to confidently budget their annual electricity costs.  

Click here before Friday, September 24th at 12:00 PM EST, for current rate and enrollment procedure.


RAM Community Solar Offering


RAM is proud to partner with Ampion to provide our members access to the Massachusetts-authorized shared Community Solar Program.  The program allows your business to purchase discounted utility bill credits designed to offset and reduce electricity costs.  With no upfront costs and nothing to install, it’s the easiest way for your business to benefit from solar energy while saving money on electricity costs.  Click here for more information.
 *Please note, participation in the Fixed Price Electricity Supply Program does not exclude your business from participating in Community Solar. All Massachusetts businesses are eligible pending solar capacity.




Employer Alert: What You Need to Know Now About

Coming Workplace Vaccine Mandates

By Michael Loconto, Fenway Law

President Biden recently announced updates to his administration’s COVID-19 action plan, a Path Out of the Pandemic, which includes sweeping new mandates for workplace vaccine mandates and requirements for weekly testing where vaccines are not mandated.
The plan calls upon the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), a unit of the U.S. Department of Labor, to immediately develop and implement an emergency temporary standard (ETS) that will require employers with 100 or more employees to implement mandatory vaccination standards for workers. For those employers that do not implement a mandatory vaccine policy, weekly testing will be required.

Click here for the full article, including a quick summary of what employers need to know about the new plan, and a preview for what will be anticipated from OSHA in the coming weeks.

Are You Interested in Speaking With the Boston Globe on the Questions Surrounding the Proposed Biden Administration Vax Mandate?


Beth Teitell of the Boston Globe is interested in doing an article on the proposed federal requirement on COVID vaccinations for employers over 100.  There are a lot of unanswered questions on the proposal, including how do you add up your employees to 100 (full & part time employees, full time equivalents, all locations, etc.), who pays for the testing (employer, employee or government), whether there will be liability protections, religious exemptions, employees previously having COVID (potential natural immunity), and how this will affect the labor shortage.  Beth is most interested in the potential affect on small businesses, which may not have staff lawyers, outside counsel, HR departments, etc.  If you are interested in speaking with Beth about your concerns and the unanswered questions, please let Andi Shea know, at [email protected]