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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 3319         FILED ON: 1/18/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 3296


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Kate Hogan


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 reconcile and update employment insurance for agricultural workers.






Kate Hogan

3rd Middlesex

Sarah K. Peake

4th Barnstable

Chris Walsh

6th Middlesex

Anne M. Gobi

5th Worcester

Paul A. Schmid, III

8th Bristol

Stephen Kulik

1st Franklin

Carolyn C. Dykema

8th Middlesex

Jennifer E. Benson

37th Middlesex

Bruce E. Tarr

First Essex and Middlesex

Sean Garballey

23rd Middlesex

HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 3319        FILED ON: 1/18/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 3296

By Ms. Hogan of Stow, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3296) of Kate Hogan and others relative to adjusting unemployment insurance for agricultural workers.  Labor and Workforce Development. 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts


In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen



An Act to reconcile and update employment insurance for agricultural workers.

              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. Subsection (b) of section 8A of chapter 151A of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking out, in both instances, the words “twenty thousand dollars” and inserting in place thereof the following:- $40,000.

              SECTION 2. Said subsection (b) of said section 8A of said chapter 151A is hereby further amended by adding the following 2 paragraphs:-

              In the case of any year beginning after 2015, the amount of $40,000 shall be adjusted annually to account for changes in cost-of-living, as determined by the commissioner of the department of revenue, for the calendar year in which the taxable year begins. Any change in amount shall be rounded to the nearest multiple of $100.

              Employers who exceed the thresholds specified in this section in a single quarter shall again be eligible for exemption from the provisions of this chapter provided they do not exceed said thresholds in any of the remaining and subsequent calendar year.

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