Important Message Re: An Act Establishing Just Schedules for Employees

Dear BVCC Member, 

I would like to bring to your attention, if you are not already aware, of a new proposed bill before the legislature…


An Act Establishing Just Schedules for Employees

 – Representative Garballey

This bill addresses on-call and last-minute scheduling by mandating the provision of extra pay for employees whose schedule is changed within 24 hours of the shift. Specific mandates include 3 hours of pay at minimum wage when workers work less and are sent home early, 4 hours of pay at the regular rate of pay for work cancelled with less than 24 hours’ notice, when workers are sent home early and work less than four hours, or for unworked on-call shifts, and 1 hour of extra pay for any shifts added within 24 hours. It also strengthens investigative and punitive authority for the government to incentivize compliance.
Here is a link to the actual bill


If passed, this law could cause problems for many  small business owners, and add greatly to the cost of doing business in the Commonwealth.  The Blackstone Valley Chamber is working with MACCE (Mass Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives) and AIM to reach out to our legislators with your views on how this could affect you.  Please contact your legislators and let me know your thoughts  so we can act as a liaison for you in reaching out as your voice of business.


Many thanks for your input and support!



Jeannie Hebert

President and CEO

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About Ernie

Ernie Black is a web developer, writer, photographer, and owner of Standing Stone Designs, Inc., a web design, production and hosting business located in Marlborough, MA and serving clients worldwide. Ernie has served as Webmaster for the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce since 2001, providing design, web maintenance, and support for the Chamber. Standing Stone Designs' other clients include Telefunken Elektroakustik, Downtown Chiropractic,, Charlie Zahm, the Law Offices of Barry R. Lewis, and Attleboro Dermatology. Prior to incorporating Standing Stone Designs, he served as Webmaster at Idiom Technology, Inc. and Applix, Inc.. Armed with an MA in English and Creative Writing, Ernest has taught English and Humanities at Fisher College, Suomi College, and Colorado State University. He has published articles on Web development and Web metrics as well as fiction, poetry, and articles on Eastern philosophy.

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