MFA NEWS SCAN AUGUST 31, 2015
- Tuesday, September 08, 2015MA AG CERTIFIES SCHEDULING & FARM ANIMAL RIGHTS INITIATIVES On September 2 the MA Attorney General certified twenty two initiatives to begin the process to appear on next November’s ballot, including Initiative 15-35 Relating to Fairer Scheduling for workers and Initiative 15-11 An Act to Prevent Cruelty to Farm Animals.
Petition 15-35 penalizes fast food restaurant and retail store employers for any schedule adjustment within 14 days of a scheduled shift. If an adjustment is made, employers pay not less than one additional hour and no more than four additional hours in addition to wages earned for hours worked.
Petition 15-11 prohibits the retail sale of shell egg, whole veal meat and whole pork meat that the business owner or operator knows or should know is the product of a covered animal that was confined in a cruel manner, or is the meat of the immediate offspring of a covered animal that was confined in a cruel manner
Petitioners must now file with the Secretary of State for signature papers, which they can begin collecting signatures no later than September 16. They must collect 64,750 signatures by November 18 to continue the ballot process. Note they may request permission to collect signatures at member locations during this time period.
We are working with other trade groups and associations on these issues and will keep you informed. Please contact the office if you have any questions. Here is a link to the site where the decisions and official summaries will be posted.
COMMENT PERIOD FOR OT PAY NOT EXTENDED
According to the National Grocers Association, on Monday, August 31st, the Department of Labor announced that it would not grant an extension to the comment period for the proposed rule on overtime pay for salaried workers, keeping the due date September 4th for all comments to the proposed rule, which seeks to raise the salary exemption level from $23,660 to $50,440.
GREENFIELD – In November, voters will have the choice to approve a town/city wide ban on plastic bags, plastic bottled water and polystyrene packaging;
BARNSTABLE – On September 2 Town Council voted 7-6 to approve a ban on distribution or sale of plastic bags less than 3 mils thick from any establishment effective October 2016 (see page 10);
PITTSFIELD – On September 14 the City Council’s Ordinance & Rules Sub-Committee will hold a public hearing on a proposal to ban all packaging containing polystyrene used for on premises packaged items of prepared food (not including uncooked products);
SOMERVILLE – On September 3 the Legislative Matters Committee was scheduled to discuss a ban on plastic bags. We will keep you informed as we get updated.
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