Massachusetts nets best state ranking
from U.S. News & World Report

It ranks 47th in affordability but when more than 60 other metrics were applied Massachusetts emerged as the best state in the country, according to rankings released on Tuesday. The state's supreme billing was propelled by a number one ranking in education and number two in health care, metrics that were given more weight by analysts at U.S. News & World Report based on a survey of what matters most to people. Read more here. 
Wequassett Resort and Golf Club earns Forbes five-star recognition for second year
Forbes Travel Guide has unveiled its annual Star Rating list, naming Wequassett Resort and Golf Club as a Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel for 2017. Wequassett Resort and Golf Club remains the first and only property on Cape Cod to earn the Five-Star accolade for the second consecutive year.
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Future of Marketing 17 Registration open for The Future
of Marketing Conference
Covering topics ranging from using video to bolster your brand to mobile strategies that really work, the educational sessions at The Future of Marketing on March 23 promise to offer practical strategic information for businesses to improve their marketing efforts. As with the keynotes, the sessions will be led by some of the most innovative minds in marketing today. 
Learn more and register for The Future of Marketing here. 

Mass. home sales hit new high for the month of January
The Massachusetts Association of Realtors reported that the 2017 real estate market started strong with the most closed home sales in a January since MAR began recording the data in 2004. Continuing buyer demand pushed closed sales up more three percent over last year. Single-family median prices also saw a hike over last year. Condominium sales and median price closed up in January as well. Read more here.   
40 Under 40 Awards Nominations are now open for our 2017 40 Under 40 Awards
The nomination period for the 2017 Cape & Plymouth Business 40 Under 40 Awards is now open. The awards honor distinguished businesspeople under the age of 40. This program spotlights the region's top young business leaders who excel in their industry and show dynamic leadership. Click here for the criteria and nomination form. 

The Law at Work: Requirements for employees working through lunch

By Beth O'Neal, Esq.
Q. I provide an unpaid lunch break to my employees, but many of them remain at their desks and some of them do some work while eating. Our Human Resources Manager says we can deduct their half-hour lunch time and not include it in the hours worked for purposes of overtime. Is this correct?
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