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MFA Newscan Update Feb 4, 2013


- Monday, February 04, 2013



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VOLUME 13 ISSUE 5

 

FEBRUARY 4, 2013

 

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MA PROPOSAL TO INCREASE HANDLING FEE FOR REDEMPTION CENTERS ONLY

The MA Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, March 13 on a proposal to increase the state’s handling fee from 2.25 cents to 3.25 cents for containers under the bottle deposit law that are redeemed at redemption centers only.  Click here.

 

NGA WARNS OF FRAUDULENT COUPONS

The National Grocers Association issued a warning from the Coupon Information Corporation (CIC) about fraudulent coupons presently in circulation.  To view the warning and list of fraudulent coupons that have been identified click here, or contact MFA or NGA directly.

 

FMI Urges U.S. Supreme Court to Preserve Rights of Merchants in Disputes with Credit Card Companies:

On January 29, FMI, with the National Retail Federation, submitted an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in the American Express v. Italian Colors Restaurant case.  The brief can be accessed here.  At issue is whether or not AMEX can compel arbitration on merchants.  The mandatory arbitration clause contained in the AMEX Card Acceptance Agreement requires merchants to waive their right to participate in a class action and also precludes merchants from arbitrating claims in any manner other than an individual basis.  The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit found that the arbitration provision was unenforceable because it precludes merchants from enforcing their rights under the antitrust laws.  In FMI’S brief they urge the Supreme Court to uphold that decision and discuss the negative implications for businesses if it is overturned.

 

Final HIPAA Rule Issued:

FMI’s memorandum, available here, provides a brief overview of revisions to federal medical privacy requirements, as published in the Federal Register on January 25, 2013.  Compliance is required by September 23, 2013.  The revised requirements will allow most sponsored patient education programs operated by FMI’s members with retail pharmacies to continue without explicit patient authorization (affirmative opt-in).  The revised requirements also make changes to data breach, enforcement, business associate, and Notice of Privacy Practices requirements that will apply to all retail pharmacies, without regard to whether they operate patient education programs.

 

FDA WARNS OF FRAUDULENT FLU PRODUCTS

The Food and Drug Administration has just released a new Consumer Update, “Beware of Fraudulent Flu Products.”  For more information click here or contact MFA.  As the flu continues to make people sick—and even cause deaths—scammers are alive and well, promoting their fraudulent products to the unsuspecting public.

 

ECONOMIC CENSUS WEBINAR PRESENTATION IS NOW ONLINE

Download the 40 minute long presentation at business.census.gov/webinar.  Help with forms is available at econhelp.census.gov.  Additional resources are available at business.census.gov - including industry and local business statistics.  Please take a moment to provide feedback: http://questionweb.com/10073.  Watch our “How To” video series – four videos that help you prepare to respond.  Download our “How to Prepare” checklist.  February 12 is the deadline.

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MFA Newscan Update Feb 4, 2013


- Monday, February 04, 2013



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