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Department of Labor Announces New Rules for Overtime Pay

May 23, 2016

Department of Labor Announces New Rules for Overtime Pay

On May 17 the Department of Labor (DOL) released a final rule governing overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Although the Final Rule improves upon the proposed rule, incorporating a number of NATSO's comments to DOL, it nonetheless includes a significant increase to the overtime salary threshold, and includes automatic increases in the future. This will present considerable challenges to employees and employers alike. NATSO is still analyzing the more than 500 page rule, and will provide a detailed summary and compliance guide in the coming days.

FDA to Regulate, Restrict E-Cigarettes

May 9, 2016

FDA to Regulate, Restrict E-Cigarettes

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has finalized a new regulation that would extend its regulatory authority to cover all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes and vaping products, rather than only traditional combustible cigarettes.

Potential Tax Code Changes of Importance to Truckstops and Travel Plazas

March 20, 2016

Potential Tax Code Changes of Importance to Truckstops and Travel Plazas

In the coming years, Congress will begin considering a comprehensive overhaul of the U.S. tax code, including potential revisions to a variety of tax previsions that are critical to NATSO members’ operations.

December 2015 Tax Changes: What Is of Importance to Truckstops and Travel Plazas

March 20, 2016

December 2015 Tax Changes: What Is of Importance to Truckstops and Travel Plazas

In December 2015, President Obama signed into law a series of tax changes that are important to NATSO members.

USDA Proposes New Requirements for SNAP Retailers

February 16, 2016

USDA Proposes New Requirements for SNAP Retailers

The Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a proposed rule Feb. 16 that would make it far more difficult for NATSO members to redeem Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamp) benefits.

 Joint Employer Standard/Unionization: Summary And Compliance Guide For Truckstops and Travel Plazas

February 1, 2016

Joint Employer Standard/Unionization: Summary And Compliance Guide For Truckstops and Travel Plazas

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recently revised the so-called “joint employer” standard significantly to expand the scope of determining “co-employment” under the National Labor Relations Act. Specifically, the NLRB decided that a company could be considered a “joint employer” if it possesses the right to control various terms and conditions of employment, regardless of whether that company actually exercises such control.

New Overtime Regulations: Summary And Compliance Guide For Truckstops And Travel Plazas

February 1, 2016

New Overtime Regulations: Summary And Compliance Guide For Truckstops And Travel Plazas

In May 2016, the Department of Labor finalized new rules governing which employees are eligible for overtime pay. The new rules double the minimum salary threshold that employees must earn in order to be exempt from overtime pay, increasing the figure to $47,476/year ($913/week), up from the previous salary of $23,660 ($455/week). This number will be automatically updated every three years based on wage inflation. The new rules do not change the so-called “duties test” applicable to employees who earn more than this salary threshold. The new salary threshold will go into effect Dec. 1, 2016.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Summary And Compliance Guide For Truckstops and Travel Plazas

January 18, 2016

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Summary And Compliance Guide For Truckstops and Travel Plazas

On December 15, 2016, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (“USDA”) Food and Nutrition Service (“FNS” or “Agency”) published a final rule altering the eligibility requirements for retailers participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (“SNAP” or “the program”). The final rule contained several substantial improvements over the proposed rule which, if it had been enacted as originally proposed, would have virtually eliminated the truckstop industry from SNAP. NATSO has prepared this compliance guide that contains an overview of the new requirements from the USDA.

E-Cigarettes/Vaping Summary And Compliance Guide For Truckstops and Travel Plazas

December 3, 2015

E-Cigarettes/Vaping Summary And Compliance Guide For Truckstops and Travel Plazas

The Food and Drug Administration has issued a rule to extend its authority to regulate tobacco products, including e-cigarettes and vape-pens, which are currently unregulated at the federal level. In essence, the proposal would “deem” these products to be “tobacco products.” The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act automatically subjects newly deemed tobacco products to several restrictions that are more relevant to tobacco manufactures than tobacco retailers.

FDA Enforcement of Tobacco Regulations Summary And Compliance Guide For Truckstops and Travel Plazas

December 3, 2015

FDA Enforcement of Tobacco Regulations Summary And Compliance Guide For Truckstops and Travel Plazas

FDA is currently working with state enforcement agencies to conduct undercover inspections of tobacco retailers to ensure that they are complying with federal requirements. NATSO has prepared a document outlining the various issues that these inspections will cover, as well as how retailers should respond if they are accused of violating the law.

Menu Labeling Summary And Compliance Guide For Truckstops and Travel Plazas

November 20, 2015

Menu Labeling Summary And Compliance Guide For Truckstops and Travel Plazas

In the near future, chain restaurants and “similar retail food establishments,” including many restaurants and convenience stores operated by truckstop operators, will be required to post calories for prepared food items that are sold in the establishment. NATSO has prepared this summary and compliance guide for its membership.

Upcoming “EMV Shift” – What Truckstop & Travel Plaza Operators Should Know

September 14, 2015

Upcoming “EMV Shift” – What Truckstop & Travel Plaza Operators Should Know

Recent data breaches have brought the issue of data security to the top of many merchants’ radar screens. In particular, NATSO has received a number of questions from truckstop owners and operators regarding the October 1, 2015 “EMV Shift” – this refers to Visa and MasterCard’s plans to begin aligning credit and debit cards in the United States with those companies’ proprietary chip technology. This article answers to some of the key questions regarding this important topic.

The NATSO Foundation’s Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance Toolkit

March 1, 2012

The NATSO Foundation’s Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance Toolkit

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) contains two important components that are relevant to NATSO members: First, it establishes design requirements for the construction or alteration of public facilities including travel plazas and truckstops. These requirements are intended to ensure that these facilities are accessible to persons with disabilities. View NATSO's member only The Americans with Disabilities Act – Design Requirements: Summary And Compliance Guide For Truckstops and Travel Plazas for a brief summary of the most important components of the ADA’s design requirements for NATSO members.

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