"> MFA Newscan January 14, 2013

MFA Newscan January 14, 2013


- Thursday, January 24, 2013



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VOLUME 13 ISSUE 2

 

JANUARY 14, 2013

 

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GOVERNOR PROPOSES FREEZE IN U/I RATES;

REDUCE HEALTH CARE COSTS FOR BUSINESSES

On Tuesday, January 8 Governor Patrick introduced legislation to freeze the state’s unemployment insurance rates once again at schedule “E” for the fourth year in a row, and also legislation to eliminate the MA health insurance law “Fair Share Contribution Program” to be replaced by federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) provisions, increasing the threshold of affected employers from having 11 or more full time equivalent employees to 50 or more.  Under the proposal, the Fair Share Contribution would expire June 30, 2013.  Please contact the office for more information.

 

INFORMATION ON ITEM PRICING WAIVER SYSTEM FROM DIV. OF STDS

The MA Division of Standards has information available on the item pricing waiver process, including an instruction sheet to guide food stores and food departments through the annual item pricing waiver process.  Note that the initial waiver is good for only six months and expires June 30 and that its fee is half of the normal annual fee.  Waivers issued after July 1, 2013 will be valid for one year at the normal waiver fee rate and will expire June 30, 2013.  Please let us know if you have any questions.

*A recent survey by the MA Division of Standards on scanner accuracy resulted in a 99.56% accuracy rate.  To view the survey click here.

 

ma food to file legislation for the 2013 - 2014 session

With the deadline approaching for timely filing of legislation for 2013/2014 legislative session, MFA will be filing the following proposals.  Please contact the office if you have any further suggestions.

 

·         RECYCLING LEGISLATION - Legislation to phase out the state’s bottle deposit law; create partnerships and funding mechanisms to expand the state’s municipal recycling infrastructure in a more comprehensive and sustainable approach;

·         RECYCLING LEGISLATION - Another version of legislation that would also phase out the state’s bottle deposit law and expand municipal recycling and the recycling infrastructure;

  • FLEA MARKET SALES RESTRICTIONS - Legislation to restrict sales of OTC drugs, cosmetics, certain medical devices at flea markets, used as a vehicle to spur discussion on organized retail crime;
  • CHILD LABOR LAWS - Legislation to reduce civil penalty violations for child labor violations, that are “non-willful” as opposed to “willful” violations, such as having a minor punch a time clock out a few moments late as opposed to operating a forklift;

·         THEFT OF BULK MERCHANDISE CONTAINERS - Legislation establishing a fine structure for theft of bulk merchandise containers used to transport items such as dairy products, bakery products, beverages, eggs, etc.;

·        CREDIT CARD INFORMATION DISCLOSURE - Legislation to reduce “hidden fees”, remove limitations of terms, and remove certain restrictions on credit service marketing and offerings to customers by retail merchants who offer such services that have been imposed by financial institutions.

 

 

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MFA Newscan January 14, 2013


- Thursday, January 24, 2013



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