MFA NEWS SCAN AUGUST 25, 2014

MFA NEWS SCAN AUGUST 25, 2014


- Tuesday, September 02, 2014



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REQUIREMENTS OF MA NEW DOMESTIC VIOLENCE LAW

If you are an employer with over fifty employees, the new MA Domestic Violence law signed by Governor Patrick on August 8 may affect your business.  Chapter 260 of the Acts of 2014, which went into effect immediately upon its approval, requires those employers to provide up to 15 days of leave in any 12-month period to victims of abusive behavior and/or their family members.  It also requires employers to notify employees of their rights and responsibilities.  There is no requirement that the leave be paid, and the law specifically provides that employees must exhaust all other available leave, such as vacation leave, personal leave, or sick leave, before utilizing the leave provided under this statute unless the employer waives this requirement.  A memo produced by the law firm of Hirsch, Roberts & Weinstein outlines the basic requirements of the law and provides a simple checklist to guide employers through the steps they must take to notify employees of their rights and responsibilities under the law.  For more information or a copy of the memo please contact MFA.

 

MA WIC NEWS - WIC PROGRAM ON TARGET FOR STATEWIDE ROLLOUT ON OCTOBER 1ST

SCHEDULING LEVEL 3 CERTIFICATIONS - The next major priority for the MA WIC Vendor Unit is to schedule all the stores that have not received their Level 3 certifications.  This consists of a live in-store test to verify the proper installation and set-up of the store’s cash register system.  Level 3 tests include various scenarios for WIC transactions.  Please be aware that the store owner/manager and/or staff responsible for the cash register system must be available for all Level 3 certifications to answer any questions about the system and be able to troubleshoot any problems that arise from the certification. Vendor staff will be calling and/or emailing stores to schedule these appointments.

Integrated Chain Stores – The Vendor Unit is in the process of contacting chain stores to schedule the Level III Certifications.  Their goal is to have these certifications completed by September 19th.

Integrated Medium Size Store (3-5 cash registers) – If your store is operating an integrated system that was purchased as an “Off the Shelf Certified System”, this system may/has already received Level 1 and Level 2 Certification.  Systems previously certified with Level 1 & Level 2 for/with WIC Direct in Kentucky, West Virginia, and Florida will be accepted by Massachusetts WIC Program. Please contact Jim Chilcoat from CDP at 859-779-5332 (cell) or 502-695-1999 (office) or by email jim.chilcoat@cdpehs.com to make sure that your system in the store has already received Level 1 & Level 2 certification.  Please contact the Vendor Unit the date the system will be installed and operational so that Level 3 Certification can be scheduled at your store. Their goal is to have these certifications completed by September 30th.  The following Third Party Processors (TPP) are certified to process WIC transactions with WIC Direct: First Data, Vantiv, WorldPay (RBS), and FiServ.  The store will need to process through one these TPP’s to get to CDP/FIS host processor.  Stand-Beside Stores - On September 2nd, FIS will start shipping Stand-Beside POS devices to the stores that have completed and returned the Massachusetts Merchant Agreements to FIS.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the WIC Vendor Unit at 617-624-6100 or 1-800-552-9425 right away.

 

LOCAL ISSUES - PLASTIC BAG BAN PROPOSALS CONTINUE

On Monday, August 25 the Newburyport City Council initially approved a plastic bag ban.  A second vote must take place before it goes to the Mayor for approval.  Also rumored to be considering plastic bag action are Brewster, Cambridge, Concord, Greenfield Northampton and Somerville.

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MFA NEWS SCAN AUGUST 25, 2014


- Tuesday, September 02, 2014



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