MFA NEWSCAN AUGUST 12, 2013

MFA NEWSCAN AUGUST 12, 2013


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MASSACHUSETTS FOOD ASSOCIATION NEWS SCAN UPDATE

 

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VOLUME 13 ISSUE 25

 

AUGUST 12, 2013

 

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BALLOT INITIATIVE SUPPORTERS SOON TO GATHER SIGNATURES

With the filing of 33 initiative petitions for the November 2014 state election, supporters of the questions will begin gathering the required 68,911 signatures (no later than September 15) to place them on the 2014 ballot if they are approved by the Attorney General by September 4.  There is no statute regarding signature collection, only court rulings that the Sect’y of State relies on to provide guidance.  The Secretary of State relies upon the attached documents to provide guidance for the solicitation of those signatures in a reasonable and unobtrusive manner in open public areas and privately owned shopping centers.  Please contact the office if you have any questions.

 

Participate in We Card Awareness Month - September 2013

We Card's goal is to create a big push for retailers to train or re-train their employees, order their 2014 We Card materials (calendars and kits) and raise the awareness of FDA regulation, state and local law compliance.  FDA is on track toward completing nearly 100,000 compliance checks nationwide for the second year.  Combined with state or local inspections, it's critical for retailers to invigorate their responsible retailing efforts.  Your efforts to communicate your support for We Card Awareness Month can range from communications to members and press releases to securing a Gubernatorial or state legislative proclamation that endorses it.  If you have early deadlines for publications or other communication needs please contact Doug Anderson at The We Card Program, Inc. at danderson@wecard.org or 888-872-4603 ext. 24.

 

CAMBRIDGE, MA INTRODUCES PLASTIC BAG BAN

On July 29 City of Cambridge Councilor Marjorie Decker introduced an ordinance that would ban plastic bag distribution in the City of Cambridge.  The proposed amendment to the city’s municipal code, entitled the “Plastic Bag Reduction Ordinance” was referred to the Ordinance Committee for a hearing and report.  It would restrict retail establishments to only provide recyclable paper bags or reusable bags.  MFA will be filing comment on behalf of the industry and working with those members who could be affected by the proposal.

 

PAID FAMILY LEAVE BILL MOVES

On August 12 legislation establishing a paid family leave system (H79) was reported favorably by the Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities and referred to the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing.  The legislation seeks to establish a so-called “family fund” under the unemployment insurance laws (M.G.L. Chapter 151A) Funds deposited into the “family fund” would be paid by employees in a manner to be determined by the MA Director of Workforce Development equal to 0.1% of wages, up to a maximum of $120 annually.  Future increases and/or decreases in the contributions would annually be determined by the Director, not to exceed .01 percent.  Eligible employees would be able to take up to twelve weeks of benefits in a twelve month period.  As stated in the proposal, weekly benefit amounts would be equal to the amount of the benefit for which an individual would have been eligible at the start of said leave had that individual been in total unemployment and receiving unemployment insurance, however they could not collect both.  Payments would be used for sick leave, birth/adoption, caring for an ill family member.  MFA has been in contact with staff on the Health Care Financing Committee and has submitted testimony in opposition to the proposal. 

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MFA NEWSCAN AUGUST 12, 2013


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