SECTION 1. Chapter 23D of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2018 Official Edition, is hereby amended in section 16, by striking out the words “Director of the Industrial Services Program” and inserting in place thereof the following words:- Director of the Massachusetts Center for Employee Ownership
SECTION 2. Chapter 23D of the General Laws is hereby amended by striking out section 17, as appearing in the 2018 Official Edition, and inserting in placed thereof the following section:-
Section 17. (a) There is hereby established a center for employee ownership within the Massachusetts Office of Business Development established under section 1 of chapter 23A. The center for employee ownership shall provide education, conduct outreach and promote efforts to create an overall environment in the commonwealth which will expand and enhance employee ownership, increase the number of employee owned companies, publicize and promote the benefits of employee involvement and ownership to policy makers and the general public, encourage collaborative outreach efforts regarding involvement and ownership in the workplace, research and evaluate employee involvement and employee ownership in the commonwealth, showcase employee ownership initiatives in the commonwealth, facilitate and coordinate the sharing of existing information and resources, and provide grants pursuant to the provisions of this chapter. The Director of the Massachusetts Center for Employee Ownership shall have the power to hire staff, appoint any specific committee or task force and to contract with consultants, agents or advisors deemed necessary to further the purposes of this section.
(b) The Director of the Massachusetts Center for Employee Ownership may accept gifts or grants of money or property from any source to further the work of the Center for Employee Ownership; provided, however, that any money received shall be deposited with the State Treasurer to be kept in a separate fund in the treasury to be named the Center for Employee Ownership Fund dedicated to the Center for Employee Ownership and for expenditure without appropriation by the Director of the Massachusetts Center for Employee Ownership in accordance with the conditions of such a gift or grant. Amounts remaining in the fund at the end of a fiscal year shall not revert to the general fund and shall be available for expenditure in the next fiscal year and thereafter.
(c) The Director of the Massachusetts center for Employee Ownership shall issue rules, regulations and procedures governing the application for and delivery of services which are deemed necessary for the proper performance of the duties of the center for employee ownership.
(d) Annually, the Director of the Massachusetts Center for Employee Ownership shall file a report with the clerks of the house and senate including an inventory of employee owned businesses in the state and the specific activities taken by the center to support and promote the transition of traditionally structured companies to an employee ownership model.
(e) The Director of the Massachusetts Center for Employee Ownership shall report directly to the Director of the Massachusetts Office of Business Development.
SECTION 3. Chapter 6 of the General Laws is hereby amended by striking out section 204, as appearing in the 2018 Official Edition, and inserting in placed thereof the following section:-
Section 204. (a) There shall be an advisory board on employee ownership, hereinafter called the board, to consist of nineteen members including the director of the Massachusetts Office of Business Development or their designee, the Secretary of the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development or their designee, the Director of the Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation or their designee, the CEO of Associated Industries of Massachusetts or their designee, the Director of the Center for Economic Democracy or their designee, the Chapter President of the New England chapter of the ESOP association or their designee, the President of AFL-CIO of Massachusetts or their designee, the President of the University of Massachusetts or their designee, and seven additional members shall be appointed by the Governor who shall represent separate and distinct corporations, each with not less than 30 per cent of company stock owned by an employee stock ownership plan or an employee ownership trust, and four additional members shall be appointed by the Governor who shall represent separate and distinct industrial or worker cooperatives.
(b) Each appointed member shall serve for a term of four years. Upon expiration of the term of a member, a successor shall be appointed, in the same manner for a like term. Any member shall be eligible for reappointment, but may not serve for any period longer than eight years consecutively. Vacancies shall be filled in a like manner for the remainder of the unexpired term. Any member may be removed from their appointment by a vote of the majority of the advisory board.
(c) Ten members of the board shall constitute a quorum and the affirmative vote of ten members shall be necessary and sufficient for any action to be taken by the board. The board shall meet not less than three times annually, and remote participation in meetings shall be allowed. No vacancy in the membership of the board shall impair the right of a quorum to exercise all the rights and perform all the duties of the board. Any action taken by the board may be authorized by resolution at any regular or special meeting and shall take effect immediately unless otherwise provided in the resolution.
(d) There shall be a chairperson and a vice chairperson of the board elected annually at the first meeting of the advisory board. The board may elect such other officers as it deems necessary.
(e) The board shall advise the Governor and the Director of the Massachusetts Center for Employee Ownership on issues and policy matters pertaining to employee involvement and ownership in the commonwealth. Staff members of the Massachusetts Center for Employee Ownership shall support the administrative functions of the board.
(f) The board shall advise the director of the Massachusetts Office of Business Development on the selection of a Director of the Massachusetts Center for Employee Ownership.
(g) The board shall adopt by-laws, operating rules, procedures and a mission statement.
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