MFA NEWS SCAN APRIL 13, 2015

MFA NEWS SCAN APRIL 13, 2015


- Wednesday, April 15, 2015

MA FORGES AHEAD WITH NEW FOOD PLAN

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The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is engaged in an effort to develop its first comprehensive food system plan since 1974.  The plan will develop goals and strategies to:

-- Increase production, sales and consumption of Massachusetts-grown foods;

-- Create jobs and economic opportunity in food and farming, and improve the wages and skills of food system workers;

-- Protect the land and water needed to produce food, maximize environmental benefits from agriculture, and ensure food safety; and

-- Reduce hunger and food insecurity, increase the availability of healthy food to all residents, and reduce food waste.

These strategies will include legislative, regulatory, and budgetary recommendations, especially but not exclusively on the state level, as well as actions that can be taken by the federal and local governments, the business community, community-based or non-profit institutions, and others to advance the goals of the plan.

There are many ways to engage in the planning process.  MFA already participates as a member of the Advisory Group for the project.  Working groups are currently developing goals and recommendations, and the planning team is interested in hearing about concerns and issues related to the local food system as it relates to your business.  For more information, contact MFA, see www.mafoodplan.org, or contact Project Manager Winton Pitcoff directly at wpitcoff@mapc.org.

 

NGA ASKS ALL TO URGE THE HOUSE TO PASS DEATH TAX REPEAL

The House is slated to take up H.R. 1105, the Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015 this week.  The bill, authored by Representatives Kevin Brady (R-TX) and Sanford Bishop (D-GA), would completely repeal the estate tax, while making permanent both the 35% gift tax rate and the lifetime gift tax exemption.  Take a moment and CLICK HERE to contact your Member of Congress to urge them to support the bill.  It's important to get bipartisan support for this measure - the stronger the vote is in favor of repeal the more likely the Senate will be to take up the companion bill in the Senate (S. 860, authored by Senator John Thune). 

 

NLRB ISSUES GUIDANCE ON EMPLOYEE HANDBOOKS

According to FMI and NGA, a recent report issued by General Counsel Richard Griffin of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) addresses recent Board decisions concerning employee handbook rules.  The Counsel explains that the report  seeks “…to offer guidance on my views of this evolving area of labor law, with the hope that it will help employers to review their handbooks and other rules, and conform them, if necessary, to ensure that they are lawful”.  The report can be viewed by CLICKING HERE or contact MFA.  More related reports can also be viewed by CLICKING HERE.

 

PRESIDENT EFFECTIVELY APPROVES UNION AMBUSH ELECTION RULE

As expected, on March 31, President Obama signed a memorandum of disapproval effectively allowing new “ambush election” rules to go into effect as of April 14, 2015.  The rule’s compressed timeframe for a union election from the current average of 38 days is down to as little as 10 days.  An NLRB presentation is available and provides an overview of the new procedures that will govern union elections.  For more information contact FMI, NGA or MFA.


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MFA NEWS SCAN APRIL 13, 2015


- Wednesday, April 15, 2015

MA FORGES AHEAD WITH NEW FOOD PLAN

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