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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 603         FILED ON: 1/18/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 533

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

John D. Keenan

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act to clarify seasonal employment.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

John D. Keenan

7th Essex

F. Jay Barrows

1st Bristol

Ann-Margaret Ferrante

5th Essex

William Smitty Pignatelli

4th Berkshire

Denise Provost

27th Middlesex


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 603        FILED ON: 1/18/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 533

By Mr. Keenan of Salem, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 533) of John D. Keenan and others for legislation to further clarify the eligibility of benefits for seasonal employment.  Labor and Workforce Development. 

 

[SIMILAR MATTER FILED IN PREVIOUS SESSION
SEE HOUSE, NO. 1808 OF 2009-2010.]


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Eleven

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An Act to clarify seasonal employment.
 

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

              SECTION 1: Chapter 151A of the Massachusetts General Laws is hereby amended in section z by striking out section z and inserting in place thereof the following:

              “Seasonal employer”, an employer that, because of climatic conditions or the nature of product or service, customarily operates all or a functionally distinct occupation within its business only during a regularly recurring period or periods of less than twenty four weeks for all seasonal periods during a calendar year and only includes an employer who voluntarily submits a written application to the commissioner. Such application shall be submitted at least sixty days prior to the beginning of the season.

              SECTION 2: Chapter 151A of the Massachusetts General Laws is herby amended in section aa by striking subsection 1 and inserting in place thereof the following:

              “Has been employed by a seasonal employer in seasonal employment during a regularly recurring period or periods of less than twenty-four weeks in a calendar year for all seasonal periods, as determined by the commissioner, and”

              SECTION 3: Chapter 151A, Section 24A of the Massachusetts General Laws is hereby amended in subsection e by striking subsection e and inserting in place thereof the following:

              “If a seasonal employer, after the date of its seasonal determination, operates its business or its seasonal operation during a period or periods of twenty-four weeks or more in a calendar year, the employer shall be redetermined by the commissioner to have lost its seasonal status with respect to that business or operation effective at the end of the then current calendar quarter.  The redetermination shall be reported in writing to the employer. An employer notified of a redetermination may file an appeal of the redetermination and obtain review of the redetermination in accordance with sections thirty-nine through forty-two, inclusive.

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