- Article 348 : The Griffin Report of Food Marketing
- Article 436 : MFA Newscan January 21, 2013
- Article 438 : MFA Newscan January 14, 2013
- Article 441 : MFA Newscan January 28, 2013
- Article 446 : MFA Newscan Update Feb 4, 2013
- Article 464 : MFA Newscan February 11, 2013
- Article 478 : MFA NEWSCAN UPDATE MARCH 11, 2013
- Article 498 : May 6, 2013 Newscan Update
- Article 506 : NEWSCAN UPDATE 5/27/13
- Article 508 : NEWSCAN UPDATE MAY 17, 2013
- Article 511 : MFA NEWS SCAN UPDATE 6/3/13
- Article 518 : MFA NEWSCAN UPDATE JUNE 10, 2013
- Article 530 : MFA NEWSCAN UPDATE JUNE 17, 2013
- Article 550 : MASSACHUSETTS FOOD ASSOCIATION NEWS SCAN UPDATE July 1, 2013
- Article 551 : MFA NEWSCAN JUNE 24, 2013
- Article 554 : MFA NEWSCAN UPDATE JULY 8, 2013
- Article 561 : MFA NEWSCAN UPDATE July 29, 2013
- Article 562 : MFA NEWSCAN UPDATE July 22, 2013
- Article 579 : Market Survey of Supermarket Retailers in New England
- Article 581 : MFA NEWSCAN AUGUST 12, 2013
- Article 589 : MFA NEWSCAN SEPTEMBER 9, 2013
- Article 605 : MFA NEWS SCAN UPDATE OCTOBER 7, 2013
- Article 606 : Enhanced Recycling (MOU)
- Article 607 : Grocery Bag Reduction (MOU)
- Article 646 : MFA NEWS SCAN UPDATE NOVEMBER 11, 2013
MFA NEWS SCAN UPDATE - JANUARY 23, 2012
U/I RATE FREEZE IN SUPPLEMENTAL BUDGET
On January 19 the Senate approved legislation (S2108) designed to supplement the state's present fiscal budget, (called a supplemental budget), which contained language that would freeze the present unemployment insurance rate for employers. The proposal would keep the rate schedule at the present schedule “E”. This would be the fourth straight year the rate has stayed the same. The House had also approved its own version of a supplemental budget (H3887) that also contained the rate freeze. The two bills now go to a conference committee to work out the differences. If a similar measure appears in both versions of a bill that go to a conference committee, it cannot be removed from the final version, so the rate freeze will appear in the final version. Upon completion of the conference committee's work, it again goes before the Legislature, which can only vote for its approval or disapproval and cannot make any changes or amendments to the final bill.
SALES TAX HOLIDAY ON MEALS REJECTED
While the House was working on its version of the supplemental budget (see above) an amendment was offered to create a “Sales Tax on Meals” holiday week, which would have suspended the state's meals tax for the period of March 18 through March 23. The House rejected the proposal, and instead sent it to a special commission for further review, essentially placing the proposal in a study where it most likely will remain through the rest of the legislative session.
MA LEGISLATURE ADVANCES DOMESTIC VIOLENCE BILL
On, January 12 the Massachusetts Senate approved (engrossed) legislation (S918) that would establish employment leave and safety remedies to certain victims of domestic violence, stalking and sexual assault. The bill now moves on to the House for approval. If passed in its present form, the legislation would require employers with 50 or more employees to give up to 15 days of leave in any twelve month period, with or without pay, if their employee or a family member of the employee is a victim of abusive behavior, or is seeking medical attention, counseling or assistance. Except in cases of imminent danger, employees seeking leave must give appropriate advanced notice as may be required by the employer's leave policy. If advanced notice cannot be given the employee must notify their employer within five days that such leave is being taken or will be taken.
OSHA 300A FORM MUST BE POSTED ON FEBRUARY 1, 2012
The U.S. Department of Labor has announced that the OSHA 300A Form must be posted in a prominent place from February 1 through April 30, 2012. Please CLICK HERE to learn more about this form for recording Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses.
GOVERNOR PATRICK TO RELEASE FY ‘13 BUDGET NEXT WEEK
WITH NEW REVENUE SOURCES EXPECTED
Governor Patrick is expected to unveil his proposed fiscal budget soon for the new fiscal year, which begins July 1, 2012. The proposed budget is expected to include an expansion of the state's bottle deposit law and a proposed “snack tax” to raise revenue for another anticipated fiscal budget deficit. Early predictions indicate that the state may face another fiscal deficit of close to $1 billion, so the Legislature will be looking for new sources of revenue, including increases in fees. We will keep you informed.