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Winter is Coming… Learn How to Save on Your Energy Bills

October 24th, 2023 8:30 am - 9:00 am 

RAM and NFIB/MA are co-hosting a free virtual event on how small business owners can take steps to increase energy efficiency and reduce their expenses.

Learn from energy experts about the programs and benefits available to small employers to help lower energy bills including:

  • Mass Save is offering new incentives on energy efficiency measures that will make members’ facilities more comfortable and save them money
  • Common measures, including insulation, weatherstripping, and air sealing, can be installed by professional contractors after a simple, free audit
  • Special incentives are offered to customers who rent their space from a landlord

This event is FREE! However, advanced registration is required. 
Topic: Energy Costs
When: Tuesday, October 24th | 8:30 - 9:00 am EDT
Where: Virtual via Microsoft Teams

Click here to Register.


RAMAES Keynote Speaker:

Eliot Tatelman, Jordan's Furniture


RAM’s 105th Annual Meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 15th, at The Conference Center at Bentley University.  The Board of Directors meeting begins promptly at 9:00 AM, and all RAM members are welcome to attend.  Immediately following the board meeting, members are encouraged to stay and join us at the annual RAM Awards of Excellence (RAMAE) luncheon.  The luncheon will begin at noon to recognize outstanding local businesses. Eliot Tatelman, President of Jordan's Furniture and RAM member, will be the keynote speaker at the luncheon.

The RAMAES were created more than 20 years ago as a way to shine a light on the hidden jewels of the retail industry here in Massachusetts. These awards are a means to recognize those innovators that are doing it the right way for their customers, and to also hold them up as beacons for others to follow. Our 2023 winners are leading the way in their respective industries in these increasingly challenging times.

All RAM members are invited to attend.  Registration is required, although both meetings are free to attend. 

Agenda & Registration
Previous RAMAE winners

For more information, please contact Andi Shea at [email protected].




Recent legislative changes regarding the Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) program will have an impact on both employers and employees. It is important to understand these changes and any responsibilities you may have as an employer or employee. This memo outlines the important information you need to know about these changes. 

Legislative Changes

For applications filed on or after November 1, 2023, employees receiving PFML benefits may supplement (or “top off”) their PFML benefits with any available accrued paid leave (sick time, vacation, PTO, personal time, etc.). For employees who choose to supplement their PFML benefits in this way, the combined weekly sum of PFML benefits and employer-provided paid leave benefits cannot exceed the employee’s Individual Average Weekly Wage (IAWW). Employers will be responsible for monitoring and ensuring that the combined weekly sum of employer-provided paid leave benefits and PFML benefits does not exceed an employee’s IAWW. If the application is filed on or after November 1, 2023, applications filed retroactively for a leave that began before November 1, 2023, are eligible for topping off.

Employer Responsibilities 

All employers must have registered Department of Family and Medical Leave (DFML) Leave Administrators. An employer’s DFML Leave Administrator can find an employee’s weekly PFML benefit rate and IAWW in the employee’s PFML Approval Notice. The image below shows where a Leave Administrator would find the link to the Approval Notice on the Employer Application Website.