Vermont Passes Paid Sick Leave

When as expected, Vermont Governor Pete Shumlin signs the bill passed by the legislature last week, Vermont will become the fifth state to pick up the mantle of mandating private employers provide paid sick leave to their employees.  The legislation provides that beginning next January 1, employers in the Green Mountain state must give employees…

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GMO Labeling Back In Headlines

Speaking of Vermont, the state was the first to mandate special labeling of foodstuffs containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) back in 2014 when Governor Shumlin signed the labeling legislation into law.  Since that time, the law has been challenged by the Grocers Manufacturers Association in a lawsuit that is still pending (the court rejected the…

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Northeast Regional Meeting

You’ve only got a few days left to register for the Northeast Regional DDIFO meeting next Tuesday at the Framingham Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center.  The program will feature veteran Boston news anchor Maria Stephanos speaking on the media perspective and how it responds to small business issues.   We will also feature Kevin Scott, ServSafe®…

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Vermont Angling for Paid Sick Leave

Although (thankfully) their legislative session has ended for this year, the state of Vermont is already angling to pass a sick leave mandate onto private employers during the 2016 session.  That objective was announced by lame duck Governor Peter Shumlin along with current Speaker of the House and 2016 gubernatorial candidate Shap Smith at a…

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House Blocks GMO Labeling by States –

The US House last week passed the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act (H.1599) preempting states from requiring the mandatory labeling of foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs).  House passage comes as more states are entertaining the mandatory labelling of GMOs.  A major concern with state mandates is the impossible task that food manufacturers would…

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Court Denies Injunction, But Won’t Dismiss Case

There was good news and bad news in the decision of the US District Court Judge Christina Reiss – she allowed the challenge to move forward, but denied the injunction sought by the Grocery Manufacturers Association, along with the Snack Food Association, the International Dairy Foods Association and the National Association of Manufacturers.  The industry…

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Vermont GMO Labeling Rules Adopted

The state of Vermont is now that much closer to implementing their first in the nation GMO labeling requirements as the Attorney General adopted new regulations last week that will govern the labeling of GMO foods (genetically modified organisms) when the requirement becomes effective on July 1, 2015.  The rules dictate the label’s font size…

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GMO Labeling Refiled in Congress

Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Representative Peter DeFazio (D-OR) have filed legislation again that would require the labeling of food containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs).  The identical bills were filed respectively in the Senate (S.511) and the US House (HR. 913).  The Senate filing had 13 additional co-sponsors (all democratic Senators), while the House bill…

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GMO Labeling Is On Tap in Minnesota

It’s on the books in Vermont (but the subject of pending litigation) and Connecticut and Maine have authorized it if neighboring states require it, but now the state of Minnesota has positioned itself as the first state outside New England to consider legislation mandating the labeling of all food containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs).  The…

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What’s Brewing: New Green Laws, Wage Theft Lawsuits, Mandatory Sick Leave

While you’ve been busy running your franchise and serving your customers, legislators, lawyers and union activists have busy doing what they do best—agitating non-issues into confrontations, passing new laws, formulating new regulations and filing new lawsuits. And, more often than not, these new rules and regulations are threatening to change how franchise owners run their…

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