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Free Teleconference on New DOL OT Exemption; Will It Apply To You?

 On May 18, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued its Final Rule that updated the salary level test for employees of ALL businesses in the U.S. who qualify for the White Collar exemptions. It raises the OT exemption to $47,476 and nearly 4 million workers in the U.S. will be eligible for overtime starting Dec. 1.  Click here for teleconference details and a link to DOL webinars.

DTA Automated Application, Procedure Changes Started Tuesday, July 12, 2016

 MFDA recently reached out to the Department of Transitional Assistance to inquire about the processing of the Application for Payment of Funeral and Final Disposition. The automated system goes online July 12, 2016.  Click here for more details.

State Preneed Reports Due June 30th - Better Late Than Never: Overdue Preneed Report Should Still Be Filed

If you did not submit your annual preneed report to the state on or before Thursday, June 30, it is now overdue and penalties will be assessed. The reports are for the calendar year ending Dec. 31, 2015.  Click here for the more information and the required form.

Give Your Funeral Business a Financial Check-Up March 30

MFDA will host "Your 2016 Funeral Home Business Checkup: An Important Review for Funeral Home Owners & Managers," will be held on Wednesday, March 30 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in Burlington.


Follow-up: Unclaimed and Unidentified OCME Remains

As a follow-up to last week's article in Inside Edition about the new OCME program for unclaimed and unidentified remains, we had several requests for more information about the program and how to participate.   Click here for more information on the program.

EDRS/VIP and Social Security Report of Death

Question: Recently some family members have told us that their deceased loved one has continued receiving Social Security benefits and asked whether we notified the agency of the recipient's death. They also want to know what needs to be done to stop the benefits. We used the Electronic Death Registration System and thought VIP processed that notification to the Social Security Administration (SSA). Did we do something wrong and what should we do now?  Click here for the answer.

Apprentice Registration Update

If you have received a letter from the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Funeral Directors and Embalmers regarding the expiration and renewal of your apprentice registration and need guidance, we ask that you please call the office at 781.335.2031.

FAMIC Study: Most See Value in Funerals and Memorial Services

A recent Harris poll conducted on behalf of the Funeral and Memorial Information Council (FAMIC) found that a majority of Americans believe funerals and memorial services are a valuable and important part of healing after the death of a loved one and that funeral professionals can help them meaningfully honor a life. More on the study can be read by clicking here.

EDRS Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) updated Informant signature requirements

Effective August 1, 2015, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) has new requirements for the Death Certificate Informant Verification and Signature Form. The form must be now signed by the informatant. Click here to view the OCME's procedure.  

EDRS Alternate Signatures Policy Update

The medical community has expressed the need to change some of EDRS policies and forms regarding medical certification and the Registry had sought comments on the policy changes. To view the updated policy click here.

Your Local Funeral Director: Part of Your Community Team

There’s nothing like four major snowstorms in three weeks to showcase the professionalism and dedication of funeral service professionals. Throughout some of the most challenging weeks the Commonwealth has seen in generations, MFDA members remain actively committed to serving their communities. 

The unprecedented snow is one more hardship affecting families as they try to gather to say farewell to their loved ones, and funeral professionals are working hard to provide services with as little disruption and delay as possible to meet the emotional, spiritual and cultural needs of their communities. 

As with many businesses, the recent weather is also taking its toll the operational side of funeral service, impacting facilities physically and financially, with the added burden of plowing, removing ice dams and other issues. Funeral home staff is working around the clock to ensure operations run smoothly, and their efforts, while not always acknowledged publicly, are greatly appreciated nonetheless.

Remains Held At Funeral Home Due To Delayed Interment
With the weather impacting burials in the region, we've had many questions how this is reflected in the new electronic death record system. Click here to see the procedure.

MFDA’s 2014 Year In Review
Click here to see your annual Year in Review.

Important: OCME’s Family & Friends Letter Changing.
Effective soon, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will be modifying its Family and Friends Letter to notify recipients when specific organ(s)/tissue have been retained by that office for further study. Click here for complete article.

Outreach Kit Available Aimed At Helping Children With Grief 
A free resource kit – “Talk, Listen, Connect: When Families Grieve” – is available in conjunction with Sesame Workshop to help with the challenge of explaining a death in the family to children. Click here for details.

Updated Employment Posters Are Available For Free On-Line. 
Click here for details on how to download yours for free today.

Do You Have A Question About Amending An Address On An Electronic Death Certificate? 
Click here for the answer.

Owners Must Notify State Board When Type 6 FD's Are Hired and When They Leave
Funeral home owners are required to report certain personnel moves to the State Board of Registration of Funeral Directing and Embalming. Click here to see how.
All Death Records Will Be Electronic Starting Saturday
As of Saturday, Nov. 1, the Registry of Vital Records and Statistics will not accept paper death certificates for any death that occurs on or after that date. Click here for more information.

EDRS - Common Issues Funeral Directors Are Having and the Fixes for Them.
After one week several common errors have been identified. Click here for a list of the common issues and the fixes for them.

Announcing the EDRS Quick Start Guide for Funeral Directors
With the Electronic Death Records System poised to go live on Monday, Sept. 1, the VIP Project has created a Quick Start Users Guide specifically for funeral directors. MFDA has obtained an advance copy to share with members before its general distribution. The guide includes step-by-step instructions to walk funeral directors through the new process of online death certificates. Click here to view and print the guide.

Answers to EDRS Questions & Links to Resources to Take Advantage of Today!
We've complied a listing of Frequently Asked Questions regarding the use of the new Electronic Death Registration System (EDRS). Click here to view the FAQs and the links to show you the answer!

Important Announcement from Boston Burial Permits Office
Funeral directors need to be aware of several important updates and changes at the Boston Burial Permits Office – click here to view.

CDC Issues New Guidelines regarding the handling of human remains
The Center for Disease control has issued guidelines on he safe handling of human remains. Click here to view the new guidelines.