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…

CDC Issues Coronavirus Guidance for Businesses

Maintain clean operations, encourage sick staff to stay home and plan for an outbreak.  By NACS online // February 27, 2020 ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Amid mounting concerns about the worldwide spread of the COVID-19 virus, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released interim guidance for businesses and employers to plan for and respond…

Trump Recommends New Tobacco Regulation Agency 

The proposal would take oversight of tobacco away from the Food and Drug Administration By NACS Online // February 12, 2020 WASHINGTON—The Trump Administration has proposed yanking tobacco oversight from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to a new, independent agency, Politico reports. The tobacco agency would be helmed by a director confirmed by the Senate.…

FDA to Begin Prioritizing Enforcement Against Certain Illegally Marketed ENDS

By Center for Tobacco Products Last month, FDA announced the agency’s enforcement priorities for electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS), such as e-cigarettes, on the market without premarket authorization. Beginning today, the agency intends to prioritize enforcement against certain illegally marketed flavored e-cigarette products, focusing on products that are particularly popular with youth and are easily accessible or marketed to…

FDA Issues Final Nutrition Facts Guidance

Final guidance expands on answers about labeling regulations for manufacturers By NACS Online // January 06, 2020 WASHINGTON—The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a final guidance to outline Nutrition Facts labeling regulations. According to New Food Magazine, the final guidance addresses “serving sizes of foods, including single-serving foods and other foods that can reasonably be…

FDA E-Cigarette Flavor Ban Takes Effect February 6th

Retailers must remove most flavors of cartridge units from their shelves ahead of the deadline By NACS Online // January 10, 2020 ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Tuesday officially published its final guidance in the Federal Register banning most flavored cartridge-based e-cigarettes, except for tobacco and menthol flavors. The guidance permits the…