National restaurant company to pay $210,000 for allegedly failing to pay more than 2,500 Masschusetts workers properly

BOSTON – A national casual dining restaurant company has agreed to pay $210,000 in restitution and penalties to resolve allegations that it failed to pay more than 2,500 Massachusetts workers for required trainings in violation of state law, Attorney General Maura Healey announced today. Bloomin’ Brands, Inc., d/b/a Outback Steakhouse, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Bonefish Grill and Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar, has agreed to pay $210,000 in restitution and penalties. The restitution will go back to 2,565 Massachusetts employees. “Companies cannot cut corners in order to save costs and must pay their employees for the hours they work,” said … Continue reading

Senate to vote on paid family and medical leave Saturday

BOSTON – On Saturday, July 23, the state Senate will vote on legislation that would allow workers in Massachusetts to take job-protected paid leave to recover from a serious illness or injury, to care for a seriously ill or injured family member, or to care for a new child. With this legislation, Massachusetts would join a growing number of states and most of the rest of the world in offering paid family and medical leave, strengthening our economy by supporting workers when they or a family member need care. “Paid family and medical leave would allow Massachusetts workers to take … Continue reading

Mayor Walsh announces one-year results of homeless action plan, unveils “Boston Way Home”

BOSTON – Thursday, July 21, 2016  – One year after the launch of the City’s action plan to end chronic and veteran homelessness by 2018, Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced that the City is well on its way to meeting its goals, and relaunched the plan as “Boston’s Way Home.” Boston has ended chronic homelessness among veterans by housing more than 650 homeless veterans, and more than 100 chronically homeless individuals in only six months, and also by reforming the housing and service delivery system for homeless individuals. View a  summary of our one-year accomplishments. “Helping our homeless has always been a deeply … Continue reading

Mayor Walsh’s movie nights return August 8

Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s Movie Nights, part of the Boston Parks and Recreation Department’s ParkARTS program, will give residents and visitors the opportunity to enjoy popular films under the night skies in city parks in August and September. All shows begin at dusk (approximately 7:45 p.m.) and are sponsored by the Boston Parks and Recreation Department and Northeastern University in partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Tourism, Sports, and Entertainment with media support by the Boston Herald and HOT 96.9.  Additional support is provided by Verizon Fios.  Free popcorn will be provided by AMC Loews Theatres. Dates, locations, and movies … Continue reading