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Massachusetts Governor Signs Landmark Temporary Worker Rights Act

A bill signed into law by Governor Patrick will ensure that the most egregious practices by some of the state’s temporary employment agencies will end. The Temporary Worker’s Right to Know Act, sponsored by Representative Linda Dorcena Forry and Senator Jack Hart, now requires temp agencies to provide written notice of key details of job assignments, disclosure to workers of how to reach the Department of Labor Standards, and the name of the workers’ compensation provider, among other protections.

The National Labor Guild Labor and Employment Committee congratulates member Monica Halas for her hard work in getting this major victory for Massachusetts workers who do not yet enjoy the power of a union.

MassCOSH, which convened the coalition to get the bill pushed through the legislature, is a coalition of workers and allies which organizes and advocates for safe, secure jobs and healthy communities throughout Eastern Massachusetts.

Read the bill text.