Legislative Alert: Massachusetts

Legislative Alert: Massachusetts

The commonwealth considers the association’s model legislation addresses hold-harmless agreements and indemnification clauses.

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March 5, 2019

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From Left: Mike Weiss, State Senator Bruce E. Tarr, and ASCA's Kevin Gilbride

The ASCA’s model legislation took an important first step toward becoming law in Massachusetts Monday when it was introduced into the state's general assembly.

The ASCA’s model legislation, which has already been signed into law in Illinois and Colorado, and is under consideration by the Connecticut legislature, prohibits clients from passing on their negligence through hold-harmless agreements and indemnification clauses. CLICK HERE to follow the legislation’s progress through the assembly.

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Proposed S. 1116 was introduced on Monday by State Senator Bruce E. Tarr, representing the 1s Essex and Middlesex District, who assigned the legislation to the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development. This committee considers all matters concerning discrimination with respect to employment, the labor laws, workers’ compensation and such other matters. CLICK HERE to reach out to the committee in support of the bill.

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ASCA Executive Director Kevin Gilbride was excited and encouraged by the introduction of S. 1116 and says it was the hard work of the state’s professional snow and ice community, including Mike Weiss, owner and founder of Weiss Commercial Property Services, that the legislation is under consideration.

“This is exciting news to kick off the month of March,” Gilbride says. “Hopefully, this legislation will proceed without issue through the legislature and to the governor’s desk in time for the 2019-2020 snow season. In the meantime, we encourage other members of the Massachusetts snow and ice management community to reach out to their representatives and show their support for this bill.

“It’s important to educate elected officials that this bill not only keeps Massachusetts’ citizens safe, but it also caps skyrocketing insurance costs for the snow and ice management community,” Gilbride adds.