Convenience Stores Designated as Essential Businesses

Homeland Security recognizes the c-store industry as critical workforce infrastructure By NACS Online // March 20, 2020 WASHINGTON—The Department of Homeland Security yesterday released updated coronavirus guidance identifying the essential critical infrastructure workforce during the ongoing national emergency. Earlier this week, NACS sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security urging the agency to designate convenience stores, their…

New Paid Time Off Rule Takes Effect April 1st

Labor Department says the requirements aren’t retroactive By NACS Online // March 25, 2020 WASHINGTON—The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), signed into law by President Trump last week, created new paid time off requirements for businesses with fewer than 500 employees. The language of that law indicated that it take effect within 15 days of the…

SNAP Program Updates

By National Grocers Association (NGA) // March 25, 2020 SNAP Emergency Allotments Issues The Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020, signed into law by President Trump last week, provides emergency allotments to households participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) up to the maximum monthly allotment per household. USDA is in the process…

FDA Issues Final Cigarette Warning Label Rule 

Manufacturers must include graphic labels on at least half of the pack’s front and back By NACS Online // March 18, 2020 WASHINGTON—The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued its final rule requiring cigarette health warnings for cigarette packaging and advertisements, which will be published in the Federal Register today. In October, NACS filed a letter on the proposed…

FDA Issues Warning Letters on Flavored E-Cigs

The agency is conducting compliance checks to look for unauthorized vape products By NACS Online // March 13, 2020 WASHINGTON—This week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued 22 warning letters to online and brick-and-mortar e-cigarette product retailers and manufacturers across the country who sell flavored, cartridge-based electronic nicotine delivery system (ENDS) products advising…

How HR Can Navigate COVID-19

Legal experts shared advice for HR professionals at the NACS 2020 HR Forum March 13, 2020 // By Sara Counihan* DALLAS—The NACS 2020 HR Forum took place this week with a timely discussion on the current legal and legislative landscape for employers, with COVID-19 front and center of the discussion. Attendees were briefed by Arthur…