The Executive Office of Administration and Finance shall conduct a study of large employers in the Commonwealth to determine the annual cost to the Commonwealth and the federal government of the use of state and federal social benefits by employees of these employers.
For the purposes of this section, “large employer” shall mean an employer who employed an average of at least 500 full-time employees on business days during the preceding calendar year. All persons or entities treated as a single employer under subsection (b), (c), (m), or (o) of section 414 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 shall be treated as one employer.
For purposes of this section, the term “state and federal social benefits” shall include:
(1) The cost of supplemental nutrition assistance for which the household that includes the employee is eligible.
(2) The cost of meals that the employee or dependents of the employee are eligible for under the school lunch program and the school breakfast program.
(3) The aggregate amount of the monthly assistance payments under section 8 of the United States Housing Act of 1937 for rental of a dwelling unit that the household of the employee received.
(4) The amount of payments made through the MassHealth program under title XIX of the Social Security Act, or a waiver approved under that title, for medical assistance for the employee or for dependents of the employee.
All agencies of the commonwealth shall cooperate with the executive office and assist them in preparing the report. In preparing the report, the executive office shall use the best information available, and may use estimates or approximations to calculate amounts to report.
The Executive Office shall file the report with the clerks of the house and senate, the chairs of the house and senate committees on ways and means and the senate and house chairs of the joint committee on revenue not later than June 30, 2020.
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