The Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA) is taking a major step forward to better serve employees and employers through the modernization of the unemployment insurance system. This modernization is called the Employment Modernization Transformation (EMT), and it will be deployed in two phases, with Phase 1 scheduled for September 12, 2023.
As part of Phase 1 of the modernization, Employers, Third-Party Administrators (TPAs), and Agents will gain access to a new portal featuring new and existing employer-related activities.
Please see the following links that will be helpful as you move forward: 
Unemployment Insurance Modernization |
Prepare for the Modernization Transition |
Unemployment Insurance Modernization for Employers |
Unemployment Insurance Modernization for Third-Party Administrators |
How-to Videos for Unemployment Insurance Modernization |
FAQs for Unemployment Insurance Modernization |

Update FAQ’s Released on New MA Pork Regulations

The MA Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) has released an updated set of FAQ’s related to the implementation of the MA Pork Regulations (330 CMR 35.00), which are now in effect.     
The regulations implement the law as passed by Question 3 from 2016, Relative to the Housing of Farm Animals.  The regulations implement farm animal housing standards for swine, calves raised for veal, and egg-laying hens that produce certain pork, veal, egg, and egg products for sale. The regulation describes the process by which farms, food processors, distributors, retailers, and restaurants can be compliant with these standards. 
Question 3 banned the sale of eggs, veal and pork products produced by cage-confined farm animals.  The egg and veal portions of the law and regulations took effect last year, while the treatment of pork remained in dispute and tied up in the courts, until earlier this month.  The treatment of pork products “transshipped” through MA and on the way for final sale in other states, remains unresolved.  Enforcement of restrictions on "transshipped" pork meat will not begin for at least six months, while MDAR considers additional regulatory changes.  MA retailers and restaurants may no longer sell any whole pork meat derived from animals that were housed in a non-compliant manner.  Food products considered “combination products," where pork is just one ingredient, such as hot dogs, are not included.

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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 business.  Let us know something about your business that is truly unique or if you have special employees that should be recognized. Maybe your business has been a part of your community for generations.  How do you make your business stand out?

There is no limit to the number of businesses you can nominate.  So nominate all those you love as well. There are so many deserving of this recognition, help us find our 2023 winners.