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Coronavirus: Amid COVID-19 pandemic, AG Maura Healey urges Trump administration to mobilize businesses to produce more protective equipment for health care workers

Coronavirus: Amid COVID-19 pandemic, AG Maura Healey urges Trump administration to mobilize businesses to produce more protective equipment for health care workers By Jackson Cote | March 18, 2020 Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey urged the White House on Tuesday to take action to manufacture more protective equipment for health care workers to keep them safe during the coronavirus pandemic. Healey, in a letter to [...]

March 18th, 2020|

Coronavirus: Thousands in Massachusetts to keep food stamps benefits after court blocks Trump administration cut

Coronavirus: Thousands in Massachusetts to keep food stamps benefits after court blocks Trump administration cut By Benjamin Kail | March 16, 2020 Citing the COVID-19 pandemic impacting the nation, a federal judge recently blocked a Trump administration rule that could have eliminated food stamps benefits for thousands of Massachusetts residents. The Trump administration rule would have implemented tighter work requirements for eligibility for the Supplemental [...]

March 16th, 2020|

AG Healey Urges State To Ease ‘Red Tape’ Amid Coronavirus Concerns

AG Healey Urges State To Ease 'Red Tape' Amid Coronavirus Concerns By Zoe Matthews | March 13, 2020 As people’s anxieties about the quickly spreading coronavirus heighten, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said her office will crack down on anyone who tries to exploit people amid uncertainty during the outbreak. She told Boston Public Radio on Friday her office is already fielding calls about scams [...]

March 13th, 2020|

Attorney General Healey Warns of Coronavirus Scams

Attorney General Healey Warns of Coronavirus Scams By Brendan Fitzpatrick | March 11, 2020 Attorney General Maura Healey is advising Massachusetts residents to be aware of scams that look to take advantage of uncertainty about COVID-19. Healey said that the state wants consumers to be “vigilant when it comes to fraud and abuse,” and that everyone should protect themselves from potential scams. Healey suggests to [...]

March 11th, 2020|

Healey settles with insurers over behavioral health access

Healey settles with insurers over behavioral health access By Katie Lannan | February 27, 2020 More than a million Massachusetts residents stand to benefit from greater access to behavioral health care as a result of settlements with five insurers, Attorney General Maura Healey said as she announced the agreements Thursday. Healey said the deals — reached with Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and United Behavioral Health, [...]

February 27th, 2020|

Following Worcester complaint, Wendy’s to pay $400K over child labor law violations

Following Worcester complaint, Wendy's to pay $400K over child labor law violations Worcester Business Journal Staff | February 18, 2020 Fast-food chain Wendy’s has entered into a $400,000 settlement with Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey to resolve a complaint of alleged violations of child labor laws, which originated out of a Wendy’s in Worcester but related to the company’s 46 corporate-owned locations throughout the state. [...]

February 18th, 2020|

Juul Bought Ads Appearing on Cartoon Network and Other Youth Sites, Suit Claims

Juul Bought Ads Appearing on Cartoon Network and Other Youth Sites, Suit Claims The case, brought by Massachusetts after a lengthy investigation, presents some of the strongest evidence the vaping company was marketing to teenagers. By Sheila Kaplan | February 12, 2020 Juul Labs, the vaping company that has long insisted it never marketed its products to teenagers, purchased ad space in its early [...]

February 12th, 2020|

Lowell real-estate broker convicted of stealing from homeowners

Lowell real-estate broker convicted of stealing from homeowners By Emma Murphy | January 31, 2020 LOWELL — A Lowell real-estate broker has been found guilty of larceny and embezzlement from Cambodian-American homeowners. On Wednesday, a Middlesex Superior Court jury convicted Kevin Taing, 53, of Lowell of six counts of larceny by false pretenses and five counts of larceny by embezzlement, according to a press release [...]

January 31st, 2020|

Op-ed: Businesses can play a big role in stopping human trafficking

Op-ed: Businesses can play a big role in stopping human trafficking By Attorney General Maura Healey | January 30, 2020 Human trafficking is the fastest growing criminal industry in our country and it’s happening right here in our own communities. This isn’t a victimless crime – it has an impact on real people who are exposed to trauma and abuse. January is Human Trafficking Prevention [...]

January 30th, 2020|

Chipotle to Pay State $2 Million for Thousands of Child Labor Violations

Chipotle to Pay State $2 Million for Thousands of Child Labor Violations By Patrick Sargent | January 27, 2020 On Monday, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey’s office announced that restaurant chain Chipotle will pay $1.37 million in penalties for more than 13,000 child labor violations and other wage and hour law violations at each of its 50 corporate-owned locations in the state. Chipotle will also [...]

January 27th, 2020|

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Coronavirus: Amid COVID-19 pandemic, AG Maura Healey urges Trump administration to mobilize businesses to produce more protective equipment for health care workers

Coronavirus: Amid COVID-19 pandemic, AG Maura Healey urges Trump administration to mobilize businesses to produce more protective equipment for health care workers By Jackson Cote | March 18, 2020 Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey urged the White House on Tuesday to take action to manufacture more protective equipment for health care workers to keep them safe during the coronavirus pandemic. Healey, in a letter to the Trump administration, called on the president to develop a plan to mobilize the business community to produce more personal protective equipment, including masks, eye protection, gloves and gowns. She wrote that the shortage of such products needs to be addressed. As the commonwealth faces more than 200 probable and confirmed cases of the respiratory infection known [...]

March 18th, 2020|

Coronavirus: Thousands in Massachusetts to keep food stamps benefits after court blocks Trump administration cut

Coronavirus: Thousands in Massachusetts to keep food stamps benefits after court blocks Trump administration cut By Benjamin Kail | March 16, 2020 Citing the COVID-19 pandemic impacting the nation, a federal judge recently blocked a Trump administration rule that could have eliminated food stamps benefits for thousands of Massachusetts residents. The Trump administration rule would have implemented tighter work requirements for eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, potentially impacting 700,000 people across the country and more than 10,000 in Massachusetts. About one in nine people in the commonwealth benefit from SNAP, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Workers who receive SNAP benefits currently must work at least 20 hours a week for more than three months [...]

March 16th, 2020|

AG Healey Urges State To Ease ‘Red Tape’ Amid Coronavirus Concerns

AG Healey Urges State To Ease 'Red Tape' Amid Coronavirus Concerns By Zoe Matthews | March 13, 2020 As people’s anxieties about the quickly spreading coronavirus heighten, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said her office will crack down on anyone who tries to exploit people amid uncertainty during the outbreak. She told Boston Public Radio on Friday her office is already fielding calls about scams like calls or texts from people claiming they can sell vaccines, or price gouging medical supplies. “One [report] came in to me about a medical supply company. That’s something we’ll take action on and be aggressive on, because people shouldn’t be exploiting a crisis right now in this time,” Healey said. Healey called for more transparency and [...]

March 13th, 2020|

Attorney General Healey Warns of Coronavirus Scams

Attorney General Healey Warns of Coronavirus Scams By Brendan Fitzpatrick | March 11, 2020 Attorney General Maura Healey is advising Massachusetts residents to be aware of scams that look to take advantage of uncertainty about COVID-19. Healey said that the state wants consumers to be “vigilant when it comes to fraud and abuse,” and that everyone should protect themselves from potential scams. Healey suggests to be aware of misleading and false information, and to utilize sources such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health for updates on coronavirus. High-priced and low-quality products should be avoided, and vaccinations or other treatments shouldn’t be trusted, as there is still no vaccine for [...]

March 11th, 2020|

Healey settles with insurers over behavioral health access

Healey settles with insurers over behavioral health access By Katie Lannan | February 27, 2020 More than a million Massachusetts residents stand to benefit from greater access to behavioral health care as a result of settlements with five insurers, Attorney General Maura Healey said as she announced the agreements Thursday. Healey said the deals — reached with Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and United Behavioral Health, which does business as Optum; Fallon Community Health Plan and Beacon Health Strategies; AllWays Health Partners; Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts; and Tufts Health Plan — will lead to “critical and unprecedented changes that will make it easier for our patients to get access to the care that they need.” The attorney general announced the settlements [...]

February 27th, 2020|

Following Worcester complaint, Wendy’s to pay $400K over child labor law violations

Following Worcester complaint, Wendy's to pay $400K over child labor law violations Worcester Business Journal Staff | February 18, 2020 Fast-food chain Wendy’s has entered into a $400,000 settlement with Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey to resolve a complaint of alleged violations of child labor laws, which originated out of a Wendy’s in Worcester but related to the company’s 46 corporate-owned locations throughout the state. The AG’s Office began investigating Wendy’s after receiving a complaint from a minor employed at a Wendy’s in Worcester alleging minor employees were working too late into the evening and too many hours per day. Wendy’s cooperated with the AG’s investigation and provided records for several locations showing the restaurant was in violation of two child labor [...]

February 18th, 2020|

Juul Bought Ads Appearing on Cartoon Network and Other Youth Sites, Suit Claims

Juul Bought Ads Appearing on Cartoon Network and Other Youth Sites, Suit Claims The case, brought by Massachusetts after a lengthy investigation, presents some of the strongest evidence the vaping company was marketing to teenagers. By Sheila Kaplan | February 12, 2020 Juul Labs, the vaping company that has long insisted it never marketed its products to teenagers, purchased ad space in its early days on numerous youth-focused websites, including those of Nickelodeon, the Cartoon Network, Seventeen magazine and educational sites for middle school and high school students, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday by the Massachusetts attorney general. The suit, brought by the state’s attorney general, Maura Healey, presents some of the starkest evidence to date that the company was [...]

February 12th, 2020|

Lowell real-estate broker convicted of stealing from homeowners

Lowell real-estate broker convicted of stealing from homeowners By Emma Murphy | January 31, 2020 LOWELL — A Lowell real-estate broker has been found guilty of larceny and embezzlement from Cambodian-American homeowners. On Wednesday, a Middlesex Superior Court jury convicted Kevin Taing, 53, of Lowell of six counts of larceny by false pretenses and five counts of larceny by embezzlement, according to a press release from the Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey’s office. Taing was charged in connection with a scheme to steal over $580,000 by targeting homeowners in Lowell, Lynn, Lawrence, Attleboro and Chicopee, the release said. Taing was a licensed real -estate broker and principal of Eastern Funding & Investment, Inc. According to the AG’s office, Taing, who speaks Khmer, [...]

January 31st, 2020|

Op-ed: Businesses can play a big role in stopping human trafficking

Op-ed: Businesses can play a big role in stopping human trafficking By Attorney General Maura Healey | January 30, 2020 Human trafficking is the fastest growing criminal industry in our country and it’s happening right here in our own communities. This isn’t a victimless crime – it has an impact on real people who are exposed to trauma and abuse. January is Human Trafficking Prevention Month and a time to reflect on the progress we’ve made, and the work we have left to do. One thing has become clear — the business community can and must play a significant role to end this exploitation of some of our most vulnerable people. Over the past several years, we’ve developed expertise in investigating and [...]

January 30th, 2020|

Chipotle to Pay State $2 Million for Thousands of Child Labor Violations

Chipotle to Pay State $2 Million for Thousands of Child Labor Violations By Patrick Sargent | January 27, 2020 On Monday, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey’s office announced that restaurant chain Chipotle will pay $1.37 million in penalties for more than 13,000 child labor violations and other wage and hour law violations at each of its 50 corporate-owned locations in the state. Chipotle will also pay $500,000 into a fund run by the AG’s office that will go towards education programs about child labor and enforcement laws, as well as training and workforce development for young workers. “Chipotle is a major national restaurant chain that employs thousands of young people across the country and it has a duty to ensure minors are [...]

January 27th, 2020|