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May 6, 2013 Newscan Update


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COMMITTEE SETS HEARING ON MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE

The Joint Committee on Labor & Workforce Development has scheduled a hearing for Tuesday, June 11 at 10:00AM in Gardner Auditorium of the State House to hear testimony on Minimum Wage and Wage and Hour legislative proposals.  Legislation to be heard that day includes S878/H1701 - legislation to increase the MA minimum wage to $11/hour by 2015, and H1757 - legislation to increase the MA minimum wage to $12/hour by 2015.  The Senate President has recently announced her support for an increase in the state’s minimum wage.  Please contact the office if you have any questions.

 

MYECO PROGRAM OPPORTUNITY MAY SOON PASS

The MYECO Program, which many retail members of MFA have been made aware, will soon have to move on from Massachusetts due to scheduling conflicts if it does not establish any commitments to launch their program in any food stores located in Massachusetts.  In order to establish their presence in Massachusetts (or elsewhere), MYECO must stick to a strict implementation calendar to be prepared for the beginning of the next school year.  If you are considering this free program or have any questions, please contact Tom Cherry at (973) 207-6732 or Kristen Brown at (843) 241-3276 or MFA as soon as possible.

 

EMPLOYERS MUST USE NEW I-9 FORMS MAY 7

According to the National Grocers Association (NGA) the requirement for employers to begin using the newly revised Employment Eligibility Verification form (Form I-9) occurs on May 7, 2013.  The USCIS published a notice in the Federal Register announcing the revised form on March 8, 2013.  Employers using prior versions of the Form I-9 on or after May 8, 2013, will violate the law and be subject to worksite enforcement fines and other penalties.  Additional information, including links to the form (English and Spanish), are available HERE.

 

U.S. SENATE PASSES MARKETPLACE FAIRNESS ACT

According to the Food Marketing Institute, on Monday, May 6, the Senate overwhelmingly passed the Marketplace Fairness Act (S. 743) by a strong 69-27 vote.  The bill would allow states to require online retailers to collect their sales tax.  Before the recent recess break, there was some contention on the Senate floor over the amendment process, which led to the week-long delay before holding the vote on final passage.  Now, the bill moves to the House.  eBay, an opponent of the legislation, has focused its efforts on the small seller exemption, advocating for an exemption for sellers with less than $10 million in annual sales, which would be a rather significant increase from the $1 million exemption contained in the Senate-passed legislation.   We will keep you updated as the schedule in the House becomes clear.

 

Congress Introduces GMO Right to Know Labeling Legislation

According to the National Grocers Association, Congress has introduced legislation which would require genetically engineered food and foods that contain genetically engineered ingredients be labeled accordingly.  NGA will watch this legislation carefully and provide updates as action occurs.

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