Welcome to the 2nd Annual Woburn Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament

We invite you to join us on May 7th at the Merrimack Valley Golf Club for our second annual Woburn Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament. Your participation supports the work of the Woburn Chamber of Commerce and helps to fund our scholarship.

Golfer registration for our 18 Hole, Scramble Style Tournament is available online. Golfers not registering as foursomes will be matched with other golfers. Start the day at 7:30 am with warm breakfast sandwiches and coffee, hit the links for 18 holes of golf on the beautiful course, then enjoy lunch with amazing raffles and prizes.

GOLF REGISTRATION

 

2018 Woburn Chamber of Commerce Scholarship

Your support is greatly appreciated. The Golf Tournament provides tremendous support for the Woburn Chamber of Commerce.

It helps us continue the important work of supporting and maintaining a positive business climate in the city. Encouraging our members to Buy Local, Buy Woburn and our policy makers to continue making the changes that make Woburn a great place to do business.

Our Golf Tournament is also an important source of funding for our Woburn Chamber of Commerce Scholarship. Our Scholarship has been established as a benefit to our members. We will be award a member business’ employee or their child. Deadline for scholarship applications is June 1st, 2018.

SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION

 

Massachusetts Equal Pay Act

The Massachusetts Equal Pay Act goes into effect on July 1, 2018. It calls for all Massachusetts employers, irrespective of size, to pay men and women the same for comparable work. The law imposes strict liability, i.e., even if one believes in good faith that they are compliant but are not, one is liable for damages under the bill as enacted. Multiple damages, costs and attorneys’ fees are recoverable by the employee, and the employee can sue in state Superior Court to recover these damages. The definition of pay is broad based and includes all forms of incentive pay, commissions, bonuses, profit-sharing, deferred compensation, vacation pay, insurance, expense accounts, and paid time off. Salary history has no effect under the law.
“Comparable work” is defined under the law as work requiring substantially similar skill, effort, and responsibility, and which is performed under similar working conditions. Minor differences in skill, effort or responsibility will not prevent two jobs from being considered “comparable” as a matter of law. Also, job titles alone do not establish what may be considered comparable work under the law.
There are several exceptions to the equal pay requirement which include seniority, a merit based system of pay, education, training and experience to the extent such are reasonably related to the particular job at issue.
Under the law prospective employers may not seek a job applicant’s salary history either from the applicant or the applicant’s employer.
Employers may protect themselves from liability by conducting a good faith self-evaluation of current pay practices. The objective must be to eliminate unlawful pay disparities among employees performing comparable work. Eliminating unlawful pay disparities means adjusting salaries/wages so that employees performing comparable work are paid the same.
Performing a self-critical audit and determining which pay differentials may be acceptable should be done immediately in order to establish an “affirmative defense” to any claims under the law. The Act provides a complete defense to any employer “that has conducted a good faith, reasonable self-evaluation of its pay practices within the previous three years and before an action is filed against it.”
The Attorney General’s Guidance states: “Employers should consult with legal counsel about their options and what type of analysis is most appropriate for their organizations.”

Compliance Assistance

This information was provided by McLane Middleton.
For more information and assistance:

 Andrew P. Botti, Esq
Director, McLane Middleton
(781) 904-2692
Charla Bizios Stevens, Esq.
Director, McLane Middleton
 (781) 904-2700

Adam M. Hamel, Esq.
Director, McLane Middleton
(781) 904-2710

I HOPE YOU’RE HUNGRY!

Get ready for the 1st annual Mac ‘n Cheese Bowl! We will have local restaurants competing for your vote with their best version of this yummy, rich and cheesy classic comfort food. We need your help to choose the fan favorite and give them the Big Cheese trophy which will be theirs to display and keep for the year! Enjoy games, prizes, DJ and cash bar all while supporting the North Suburban YMCA’s summer lunch program.

For more information about competing in the event, CLICK HERE

TICKETS

Tickets are: $10 Adults, $5 Children Under 12 and $25 for Families
April 26th from 6 to 8 pm
700 Unicorn Park Drive at the Courtyard Marriott

Competing restaurants include:

Dave & Busters, Polcari’s, Joe’s American Bar & Grill, Green’s Grille, Pizzamore Flatbread, Burton’s Grille, The Local, Roma’s Bakery, Uno’s Pizzeria, Jake n Joe’s, Roma’s Bakery, Tony C’s and the 99’s Restaurant

Many thanks to our sponsors:

 

 

Who Can Apply?

All Woburn Chamber of Commerce member business’ employees and their children are eligible for the Woburn Chamber of Commerce scholarship. We are proud to support our member businesses with this opportunity for their employees.

We are currently accepting applications. The deadline for applying for the 2019/2020 school year is June 1st.

APPLICATION

The  funding for our scholarship comes from our annual golf tournament. Please join us as a golfer or sponsor on May 6th at the Merrimack Valley Golf Club in Methuen, MA. Our golfers start the day with breakfast, hit the links for 18 holes, then relax for lunch, awards and amazing raffle prizes.

GOLF