New Members

Data Safe Guard LLC
Patrick Lostaglia, Owner:  413-262-9225
Referred by:  Dave & Sandy Averill - Chicopee Electonics

Life Supply Corp.
John Margeson, Owner:  413-593-5555
Referred by:  Holly Chaffee - Porchlight VNA/Home Care

Chicopee Family Dental, LLC
Dr. Kelly Soares, Owner:  413-592-2177

Thom Fox - Strategy Consultant
Thom Fox, Consultant:  413-455-0446

Hand in Hand for Lyme Disease
Laura Watt Closser, Vice President:  413-782-0308Referred by:  Mayor Richard Kos - City of Chicopee

Fox Hub
Jon Wollmers, Owner:  413-221-2017
Referred by :  Rick Rheault, The Credit Card Pro

Herbalife/Independent Member
Jimmie Johnson:  413-777-7509

Chuck's Sign Co.
Chuck Martins, Owner:  413-592-3710
Referred by:  Cid Inacio - Chicopee Savings Bank

Brandon Pena, 304-282-8411

Jim Buddy's Vape Shop
Jim Robinson, Owner:  413-331-3913

Mercy Life
Celina Conway, Director of Marketing:  413-748-7223

Sisters of Providence Health System
Daniel F. Keenan, Senior V.P. Gov't. Relations: 413-748-9307

Home Builders & Remodelers Assoc. of Western Massachusetts
Brad Campbell:  413-733-3126
Referred by:  Andrew Crane - A. Crane Construction

Chicopee Convenience, Inc./Citgo Gas Station
Suzette Batista:  413-532-0846

TAB of Central New England
Clarence Silvia:  860-558-9069

Ayotte and King For Tile, Inc.
David King:  413-532-9463

Forfeng Designs
Heather Turner:  860-326-0721

Yarland Properties, Llc
Chris Hellyar:  413-206-6337

Eastfield Mall
Melinda Grenier:  413-543-8000

Referred by:  Carol Campbell - Chicopee Industrial Contractors

Sina Holloman:  413-847-0513

Referred by:  Kurt Toegel - Pioneer Payroll Systems

Susan Allen Financial
Susan Allen:  413-569-0035

Motel 6
Daniel Halle:  413-592-5141

NovaCare Rehabilitation
Kirstin Lane, PT, DPT:  413-788-6195
Referred by :  Jeffrey Shinners - Pioneer Packaging, Inc.



























Legislative Corner

National, Regional, Local

Lesser's Springfield-Boston high-speed rail feasibility study unanimously passed by Senate

Boston - An amedment filed by State Sen. Eric P. Lesser (D-Longmeadow) requiring the MA Dept of Transportation to conduct a feasibility studay on high-speed rail passenger service between Springfield and Boston was unanimously approved and included in the Senate FY16 budget last week.

"For our economy to grow, we need to better link ourselves to the red-hot economies in the easter part of the state and give families more opportunities to root themselves in Western, Massachusetts," Lesser said.  For more information, visit the Chicopee Register July 2nd edition.

Department of Labor (DOL) Announces Proposed Changes to Employee Exemption Rules,written by John Gannon, Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C.

According to Tom Petty, waiting is the hardest part.  Businesses who have been waiting for the Department of Labor's (DOL) proposed amendments to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) are likely to disagree.  At the direction of the President, the DOL aims to significantly alter the “white collar” exemption rules for the first time in more than a decade.  The amendments would impact most employees making less than $50,440/year who are currently classified as exempt from overtime pay.  Read entire article


Attorney General Announces"Safe Harbor" for Compliance with New Earned Sick Time Law

Update from Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C.

As we're sure you're aware, the implementation date for the new Massachusetts Earned Sick Time Law is July 1, 2015.

Yesterday, the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office announced a "safe harbor" provision that will give some employers until January 1, 2016, to fully comply with the law. Employers with a policy in place as of May 1, 2015, that provides at least 30 hours of paid time off ("PTO") to employees for the 2015 calendar year are protected by the "safe harbor." These businesses do not need to worry about providing additional paid leave or developing an accrual system under the Earned Sick Time Law for the employees who are covered under their PTO policy until the beginning of next year. However, employers cannot retaliate against or otherwise interfere with an employee who requests and/or uses available PTO after July 1, 2015. This means that many employer policies that were permissible before July 1, including policies related to attendance, occurrences, notice protocol, and holiday pay, for example, may still need to be changed prior to the law's effective date.

Notwithstanding the Attorney General's "safe harbor," employers still have an obligation to provide 30 hours of PTO to all workers, including part-time, temporary, and per diem staff. If these employees are not currently covered by the employer's PTO program, the employer has two options. These employers can either amend their policy and offer 30 PTO hours to employees who do not currently qualify for paid leave, or they can simply comply with the new law by beginning accrual for these other workers at the rate of one hour for every 30 hours worked, beginning July 1. The latter approach may be more practical for employers with lots of part-time and/or per diem workers who would not otherwise accrue 30 hours of Earned Sick Time between July 1, 2015, and December 31, 2015.

Remember, employers who do not comply with the new law risk civil sanctions and lawsuits from wrongfully disciplined or terminated employees. If you need assistance reviewing and revising policies or drafting an Earned Sick Time policy for use on July 1, contact any of the labor and employment attorneys at Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C.


AIM ACTION ALERT; Employers--Please contact your legislators about postponing the implementation of the Earned Sick Leave Act, scheduled to go into effect July 1, 2015 to January 1, 2016.  Our voices will make a difference.  Click on the link below for details and how to best respond.


Massachusetts Attorney General Releases Earned Sick Time Regulations

At long last, the Massachusetts Attorney General has issued the eagerly-anticipated proposed regulations concerning the Earned Sick Time law that was passed by referendum on November 4, 2014 and goes into effect July 1, 2015.  The law itself contains many ambiguities, and employers have been awaiting guidance from the Attorney General so that they can begin modifying their leave policies to come into compliance with the new law.  While the proposed regulations do not resolve every ambiguity in the law, they do provide clarification on a number of areas, specifically: click here for regulations


Senator Eric Lesser has been appointed Senate Chair of the Joint Legislative Manufacturing Caucus. Read entire press release.


AIM Top New Stories: Senate Declines to Postpone Sick Leave Law, April 21, 2015  Read article


Massachusetts Attorney General Expected to Publish Draft Regulations on
Earned Sick Time Law on April 24, 2015 Last November, Massachusetts voters approved a law that will require employers to provide earned sick time (paid or unpaid depending on the size of the employer) to all employees starting July 1, 2015. Since that vote, Massachusetts employers and labor and employment law practitioners have eagerly waited for the Attorney General to issue regulations or other guidance to shed some light on what the law will mean in practice and how employers can properly comply with the law.  Read rest of article.


Governor Baker is requiring a year-long review of nearly all state regulations, with a mandate that none should exceed federal requirements. This is a far-reaching order, "which has drawn early support from some business interests....and suggests that many current state regulations have imposed unnecessary cost, burdern, and complexity." Read the entire Boston Globe article by Frank Phillips


The NLRB Moves Against Western MA Labor Relations in a 6.5 Year Old Case

Verizon and IBEW have been parties to a labor contract for over 40 years.  Their contract's no-strike clause probhibits"...picketing of any of the company facilities during the term of the contract.  In 2008, while the contract was in effect, employees at the the Westfield, Springfield and Hatfield, MA facilites displayed pickets signs with various messages in the windows of the cars parked at the company facilities. Employees complied with the company told them to remove the signs.  No one was disciplined. The Union filed a grievance claining that requiring the signs' removal violed the labor contract.  The union also filed an unfair labor practice charge at the the NLRB.  Read more


Help Massac husetts Officials Secure Storm Assistance

Governor Charlie Baker and his administration are working to secure federal relief for Massachusetts businesses as they recover from losses incurred during the recent stretch of snowstorms and cold weather.

Securing that relief will require the commonwealth to provide federal officials with an accurate estimate of the financial losses that you and other employers may have suffered.

That's why Associated Industries of Massachusetts is working with business organizations across the commonwealth to collect estimates of storm-related losses from as many employers as possible.

Please take just a few minutes to assist the governor - and yourself - by filling out this survey before noon on Monday, March 2:


Thank you for your time and input.


Richard C. Lord

President and Chief Executive Officer


Human Resource and Workplace Law Developments from Sullivan, Hayes & Quinn, LLC.   Click here for the latest news and what every employer needs to know.


ALERT Fromt he Employers Association of the Northeast: Massachusetts Maternity Leave Law Set to Become Parental Leave, effective April 7, 2015

Among many other final enactments by departing Governor Deval Patrick, was the signing into law of a bill that was originally filed in 2013; this bill will now expand the state's Massachusetts Maternity Leave law to male employees as well.  Click here to learn what you need to know for your business!



Economic Recovery Provides Opportunity to Address Long-Term Challenges

An economic recovery that finally feels like a recovery provides Massachusetts policymakers with a rare opportunity to address the long-tern structural issues that will shape the Bay State business climate for the next century, the president of Associated Industries of Massachusetts said today. click on the title link above for the entire article.


Get the Facts about MASSACHUSETTS PAID SICK LEAVE from the law firm of Sullivan, Hayes & Quinn, LLC.  Click here for what EVERY business needs to know!



The Employers Association of the Northeast (EANE) will hold two informational sessions on what every employer needs to know about the Mandatory Paid Sick Leave ruling that passed in the November 4th elections. Read more


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(Business West Daily News) Holyoke Medical Center will open a satellite location for physical-therapy and rehabilitation services at Healthtrax Fitness & Wellness, 155 Ashley Ave., West Springfield, on Monday, Aug. 31. The location is part of HMC’s newly named Centers of Rehabilitation Excellence (CORE). See full article

BusinessWest on July 8, 2015 in Daily News

River Valley Cousneling Center (RVCC), a member of Valley Health Systems and affiliate to Holyoke Medical Center, announced the appointment of Rosemarie Ansel as Executive Director.  Ms. Ansel's executive leadership includes demonstrable experience in leading administrative, fiscal, and clinical functions in the communtiy outpatient setting.  Read full article

AIM Director Named Professional Woman of the Year

Dawn Creighton, AIM Regional Membership Director for western Massachusetts, has been named Professional Woman of the Year by Western Mass Women magazine. The award, part of the magazine's annual Top 25 Women to Watch celebration, recognizes someone who has made an extraordinary contribution to her professional field and the western Massachusetts community. Congratulations from the Greater Chicopee Chamber!

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Members in Action

Porchlight VNA/Home Care has been given top honors with a five star rating by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS).  In announcing Porchlight as the only Western MA agency given elite status, CEO Holly Chaffee, RN, BSN, MSN, offered these words to her staff, "Each and every day, you show compassion and dedication to our patients and I thank you for getting us to the top.  This award is a culmination of all of your hard work and your deserve it!" Read entire article
Traction Business Coaching is offering  4 FREE 90 minute Webinars in late September and early October to help you and your team simplify, clarify and achieve your vision!  Attendees will walk away from this webinar focused, clear on priorites and issues, healtheir as a leadership team and using tools that help them gain more traction.  To learn more and to register for one of these sessions, click here
Check out the latest edition of the Salter Spirit, the newlsetter that shows the true spirit of the Salter College community--and their involvement in the Greater Chicopee Community!  Salter Spirit
Sharon Ashton of Renaissance Manor on Cabot shares the benefits of NEPA - Non-Exercise Physical Activity. Learn more