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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Suit Filed Against Vermont GMO Labelling Law

As expected, the Grocers Manufacturers Association (GMA), along with a host of other food industry plaintiffs, filed a lawsuit last week in Burlington, Vermont challenging the legality of the new GMO labelling law and asking the federal court to enjoin implementation of the law.  The GMA, joined in the challenge by the Snack Food Association,…

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Grocery Manufacturers Association To Sue Vermont over GMO Bill

In what is no surprise to anyone who has watched the advancement of legislation in the Green Mountain state that mandates special labelling of all foodstuffs where any component contains a genetically modified organism, the Grocers Manufacturers Association announced plans recently to initiate litigation in federal court challenging the validity of the nation’s first such…

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Vermont Governor Signs GMO Labeling Bill into Law

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin, who made no secret of his support for mandating GMO labeling, followed through yesterday when he signed it into law, making Vermont the first state in the nation to mandate the labeling of food containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs).  The bill, which does not become effective until July 1, 2016, is…

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Professional Group Calls For Reason In GMO Labelling

Last week we told you that Vermont had become the first state in the nation to require special labelling and that Congress is also looking at the impact of state mandated labelling.  This week, the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) released a white paper (Potential Impacts of Mandatory Labelling for Genetically Engineered Food…

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GMO Food Labeling Movement at the State Level

The Vermont State Senate by a lopsided 26 – 2 vote this week passed H 112, a bill requiring the labelling of so-called GMOs (genetically modified organisms) that positions the Green Mountain state as potentially the first state in the nation to mandate the extra labeling.  The bill was amended before it cleared the Senate…

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Vermont Paid Sick Leave Bill Sent To Appropriations Committee

Staying in New England for a moment, Vermont’s House of Representatives referred H.208, a bill that would mandate annual paid sick leave for employees in the Green Mountain state to the House Appropriations Committee.  The bill would require employers to give employees one hour paid leave for every 30 hours worked up to a maximum…

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Tax Policies and Economic Outlook: How does your state rate?

Why does Utah rank on top in U.S. economic outlook, while Vermont is on the bottom? When you examine the tax policies of the United States, you can draw certain conclusions about how taxes and regulations impact small business owners. According to a recent study from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a pro-business partnership…

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Minimum Wage Increasing in Broad Array of States

We’ve apprised you over months of several states where proposals to increase the minimum wage were being considered.  Our friends in the Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA) have produced a Government Affairs Update which identifies those states that will increase their mandated minimum between now and July, 2014.  If you own shops in any…

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What’s Brewing: Paid Sick Leave, Minimum Wage

Every day, franchise owners face the challenges and obstacles of owning a business, and every day, government officials are approving and vetoing legislation that affects those challenges. Independent Joe has been monitoring a number of bills, in several states, as they move through the halls of their state houses. Some of these initiatives were proverbial…

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