July 11, 2020


RAM Commits to Addressing Systematic Racism and Discrimination


RAM has joined a statewide community of business groups and associations which have committed to addressing systematic racism and discrimination in Massachusetts and beyond.  Our joint statement may be found here.  As a part of this group, we have committed to using our platform to support efforts to bring about sustained, societal changes designed to address racial inequalities.     


DPH to End Reusable Bag Ban, Allow Municipal Plastic Bag Bans to Resume Effect


Later today, the MA Department of Public Health (DPH) is expected to rescind the March 25th Order that previously suspended all local plastic bag ban ordinances and prohibited the use of reusable bags.  The order is expected to be effective this Monday, July 13th.  RAM expressed our disappointment with the decision as we had urged Baker Administration to extend out the timing of the order, allowing retailers to sell through the existing stock of plastic bags that had been purchased during the COVID-19 crisis.  Once the formal announcement is made it will be posted on the RAM website



Reopening Massachusetts Current Status: 
Phase III, Step 1


Phase Three of the Reopening Massachusetts plan began on Monday July 6th, allowing for gyms, museums, movie theaters and more to resume some operations, with continued social distancing, face-covering and increased hygiene practices in place.  Phase Three will "last significantly longer than the other phases," according to Gov. Baker, and is divided into two steps. 
In Phase III, Step 1, the retail guidance allows for an increase in occupancy to 50%.   All industry guidance including for retail and restaurants is included in the sector-specific safety protocols and recommended best practices.
All businesses must continue to comply with the Mandatory Safety Standards for Workplaces
All members are encouraged to closely review the new Phase III guidance to ensure compliance.


401k Webinar Reminder


Don’t forget to register for our Webinar regarding the advantages of RAM’s MEP 401k Plan.  Learn the power of a Multiple Employer Retirement Plan and it’s ability to save you time, liability, and in many cases cost.  Whether you have a plan or are looking to set one up, this quick 1 hour presentation will provide you with valuable insight to the future of retirement plans. 

Click here to view the registration invite!