MFA NEWS SCAN JUNE 23, 2014

MFA NEWS SCAN JUNE 23, 2014


- Monday, June 30, 2014



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MA MINIMUM WAGE U/I BILL SIGNED INTO LAW

On Thursday, June 23 Governor Patrick signed into law a new minimum wage increase/unemployment insurance reform proposal (S2195), avoiding efforts by proponents to place a slightly comparable minimum wage increase initiative petition on the November ballot.  Supporters have stated they will withdraw their attempts for placing their question on the ballot, ending their matter of increasing the state’s minimum wage.  As signed, the new law will:

  • Increase the MA minimum wage from $8/hour to $9.00/hour effective January 1, 2015; to $10.00/hour effective January 1, 2016, and; to $11.00/hour effective January 1;
  • No automatic increases (indexing) in future minimum wage rates after 2017;
  • Delaying the effective date to January 2015, as opposed to the July 1, 2014 date originally proposed in the House and Senate versions of the bill worked on by the Conference Committee.

Changes to the MA unemployment insurance system in the new law include:

  • A taxable wage base increase from the present level of $14,000 to $15,000;
  • A freeze of the experience rating at Schedule “C” for years 2015 - 2017, (presently at “E”);
  • Beginning January 1, 2018, a three year period preceding the computation date for an employer’s experience rate and taxable wages will be used to determine future rates as opposed to the present one year period.

The organization pushing for the minimum wage increase, RaiseUpMA.org, now turns its focus to placing a question on the November ballot for earned sick time (click here to read about it).  They plan on holding a rally Monday in Boston to submit more than 25,000 signatures to place the question on the ballot, the last step towards its presentation to the voters to decide its fate this fall.

 

CONSUMER GROUP RELEASES FINDINGS

ON ITEM PRICING WAIVER LAW COMPLIANCE SURVEY

On June 25 Consumer world. Org founder Edgar Dworsky released his survey results on MA food stores/departments compliance with the state’s item pricing waiver law, finding instances of non-functioning price scanners and unfulfilled/incorrect signage requirements.  Although the survey was conducted by a private sector entity, it has drawn the attention of the MA Division of Standards, which oversees compliance with the state’s item pricing waiver laws and regulations.  Reacting to the survey, the Division may be out checking food stores/departments compliance with the following:

  • Price Accuracy Guarantee Signage Requirements at Each Register - Click on title to display the sign that must be “clearly and conspicuously” posted at each cash register as required by Section 7.07, paragraph (4) outlining price accuracy guarantee requirements of Section 7.07 paragraph (2) of the regulations;
  • Exemption List Maintenance - See Section 7.06, paragraph (7), sub-paragraphs (4) and (5) for requirements of maintaining an itemized list of all exempted items at all stores;
  • Price Scanner Signage Requirements - See Section 7.05, paragraph (2) for signage requirements at all scanners placed throughout the store;
  • Recordkeeping of scanner checks for compliance - See Section 7.04 paragraph (5) for requirements of recordkeeping of scanners by employees;
  • Functionality of Price Scanners and Printing Capabilities - See Sections 7.05(6) and (9) for maintenance of scanners/printable scanners, along with recordkeeping above.
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MFA NEWS SCAN JUNE 23, 2014


- Monday, June 30, 2014



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