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Archive May 2022

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News You Can Use: May 25, 2022

This week we let you know that the state Senate rejected a budget amendment that would have prioritized funeral directors with health care workers for vaccine priority. We also: Remind you to register for the Victim Compensation Seminar with the Massachusetts Attorney Generals' Office on June 1;  Inform you we will be sending an email seeking your contact information (it's not a scam!);  Tell you about Bugles Across America, which provides Military Funeral Honors;  Update you on the BRAVE Act;  Provide contact information for free donation envelopes from the American Kidney Foundation; Share a link to a study showing which omicron more deadly than Delta; and Share a brief update on monkeypox.

News You Can Use: May 18, 2022

This week we urge members to call their Senator seeking support for our vaccine equity amendment to the state budget. We also:  Review the difference between Employees and Independent Contractors;  Remind you to register for the Victim Compensation Seminar;  Share COVID-19 updates from the state and city of Worcester;  Told you Bedoya is confirmed to the FTC; and  Give advance notice that we will be sending an email asking you to confirm contact information.

News You Can Use: May 13, 2022

This week we let you know about the Worcester Diocesan Cemeteries' new fuel surcharge as well as; How surcharges affect preneed contracts; Cape Cod Community College 2022 Funeral Service Graduate Pinning Ceremony; A program for fathers and father figures that have lost a child to addiction; MFDA's program in conjunction with the MA Attorney General’s office regarding the victim compensation program;  and finally our upcoming OSHA session and help wanted.
 

News You Can Use: May 11, 2022

This week we update you on the most recent COVID-19 isolation and quarantine guidance for employers and employees due to increasing infection rates. We also:  Share information about an upcoming seminar with the state Attorney General's Office on updates to the Victim Compensation Program;  Share an article on funeral service as a profession, which includes an interview with Caroline Sullivan of Devanny-Condron in Pittsfield;  Let you know that Conley Funeral Home in Brockton recently received a Certificate of Excellence from the Commonwealth.
 

News You Can Use: May 06, 2022

This week we share news about MFDA's upcoming forum with the state Attorney General's Office on changes to the Victim Compensation Program. We also:  Advise that you make time to review company policies about working with third-party vendors in light of the litigation against Heritage Cremation, aka Legacy Cremation;  Provide opportunities to complete annual required compliance courses;   Share an article that addresses the importance of burials and funerals;   Share a federal report outlining improper reimbursements in FEMA's funeral

MFDA Partners with Massachusetts Attorney General's Victim Compensation Division on Update for Funeral Diretors Regarding Changes to the Program

Wednesday, June 1st @ 2 PM - Via Zoom!

Funeral professionals provide great compassion to families who have experienced loss.  Still, many are uncertain how to handle the unique dynamics surrounding families who have lost loved ones to violent crimes.  This session is intended to help funeral directors understand the program offered by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Attorney General's Victim Compensation and Assistance Division and how they can provide vital information that will enhance services and assist survivors in receiving compensation through the program.

News You Can Use: April 29, 2022

This week we update the status of our amendment offered in the House budget bill. We also: Share the complaint that has been filed against Heritage Cremation for deceptive and unfair business practices;  Announce an upcoming virtual session with the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General about changes to the Victim of Violent Crime Assistance Program;  Congratulate Patrick Saunders for selection to the Emerging Leaders program; and Remind you while the appearance of the Virtual Gateway changed, the functionality did not.

News You Can Use: April 25, 2022

On Friday, April 22th the Federal Trade Commission announced that they are taking legal action against the cremation company that promoted themselves as Heritage Cremation and/or Legacy Cremation.  The company is known for marketing their cremation service relying on algorithms which result in their presenting themselves as a local company when in fact they are not.

News You Can Use: April 22, 2022

This week we ask you to contact your state Representative and advocate for an amendment in the House Budget creating vaccine equity for funeral workers. We also:  Share information from the Mass. Cemetery Association's Annual Meeting and Educational Seminar;  Tell you about Military Spouse flags;  Provide UMass Memorial Medical Center construction information;  Share registration link for upcoming OSHA On-Call Online Training Sessions.

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