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FDA to Assess Menu-Labeling Compliance

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (USDA) on Aug. 13 said that it plans to assess industry compliance with the menu labeling requirements that went into effect more than a year ago. FDA has up until now refrained from enforcing its menu labeling regulations for restaurants and convenience stores and instead focused on education and outreach to help chain restaurants or similar retail food establishments understand the new menu labeling regulations. The Aug. 13 update, however, clearly indicates that enforcement efforts will increase in earnest. More

The Petroleum Marketing Practices Act – Outlining Your Rights and Obligations as a Branded Motor Fuel Retailer Members Only Join or Login

Over the couple of years there have been several reports of refining companies such as CITGO sending letters to their branded gasoline retailers reminding – and warning –them not to comingle unbranded fuel with branded supplies. “Commingling” is an age-old problem for the retail petroleum industry, and one that branded retailers may often find to be frustratingly restrictive: If less expensive fuel is available, one might ask, why shouldn’t a branded retailer be able to acquire that product and sell fuel at a more competitive price? More

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. More

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. More

December 2015 Tax Changes: What Is of Importance to Truckstops and Travel Plazas Members Only Join or Login

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

Potential Tax Code Changes of Importance to Truckstops and Travel Plazas Members Only Join or Login

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. More

USDA Proposes New Requirements for SNAP Retailers Members Only Join or Login

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. More

Joint Employer Standard/Unionization: Summary And Compliance Guide For Truckstops and Travel Plazas Members Only Join or Login

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. More

New Overtime Regulations: Summary And Compliance Guide For Truckstops And Travel Plazas Members Only Join or Login

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. More

FDA Enforcement of Tobacco Regulations Summary And Compliance Guide For Truckstops and Travel Plazas Members Only Join or Login

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. More

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