CDC Advises on Enforcement of Mask-Wearing Rules

The goal is safety for both employees and customers By NACS Online // August 27, 2020 WASHINGTON—The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) advises that everyone wear a mask in public to slow the spread of COVID-19, but enforcing face mask policies has quickly become contentious. Many businesses have faced verbal confrontations and even violencefrom people refusing…

FDA Notifies Companies, Including Puff Bar, to Remove Flavored Disposable E-Cigarettes and Youth-Appealing E-Liquids from Market for Not Having Required Authorization

Companies Cited for Marketing Unauthorized Tobacco Products Based on Continued Internet Surveillance During COVID-19 Pandemic U.S. Food & Drug Administration // July 20, 2020 Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued warning letters notifying ten companies, including Cool Clouds Distribution Inc. (doing business as Puff Bar), to remove their flavored disposable e-cigarettes and youth-appealing e-liquid products…

FDA Cracks Down on Unauthorized ENDS

The agency warned 10 companies to remove flavored disposable e-cigs and e-liquid products from the market NACS Online // July 22, 2020 WASHINGTON—This week, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) issued warning letters notifying 10 companies, including Cool Clouds Distribution Inc. (doing business as Puff Bar), to remove their flavored disposable e-cigarettes and e-liquid products from…

SBA and Treasury Announce New EZ and Revised Full Forgiveness Applications for the Paycheck Protection Program

U.S. Department Of The Treasury  // June 17, 2020 Washington—Today, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, posted a revised, borrower-friendly Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness application implementing the PPP Flexibility Act of 2020, signed into law by President Trump on June 5, 2020.  In addition to…

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.…