Affordable Care Act – Delay of Medium-Size Employer Mandate Until 2016

On February 10, 2014, the Obama administration announced that it will delay the enforcement of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) requirement that medium-size employers with 50-99 employees provide health insurance or face penalties.  These midsize employers will now have until January 2016 to comply with the ACA’s provisions, potentially providing them with more flexibility in […]

Green Resources

2013 Restaurant Sustainability Report, National Restaurant Association Green Restaurant Association: 2013 Product Guide U.S. Green Retail Association Setting SMART Goals Worksheet: California Sustainability Alliance

Debit Card Swipe Fee Reform Lowered Prices

  Study Finds Cutting Debit Fees Put $5.8 Billion in Consumers’ Hands in 2012 & Supported the Creation of 37,501 New Jobs Annually   Washington, DC- A new economic report released today by the Merchants Payments Coalition shows that debit card swipe fee reform saved consumers and merchants billions of dollars in 2012, as anticipated […]

The Banks Who Cried Wolf: Latest Bank Fee Survey Shows Consumer Fees Not Related to Swipe Fees

MPC press release via Pymnts.com Contrary to the litany of industry arguments, the monthly service fees banks charge consumers are in fact not related to debit swipe fees, said the Merchants Payments Coalition (MPC) today after analyzing new data released by moneyrates.com and Bankrate.com. Since the passage of the Durbin Amendment, the nation’s banking and credit card industries have contended […]

Small businesses express growing concern over antitrust settlement

Via BankCreditNews.com: Visa and MasterCard recently agreed to a $7.2 billion settlement that would allow retailers to charge consumers a “checkout fee,” but some small business owners claim that these fees would only complicate a struggling retail market. “This [settlement] was clearly negotiated by a bunch of attorneys who don’t understand how competitive the environment […]

ADA Compliance

Does your ATM meet the new regulations?

FDA seeks public’s comments on menu labeling rules

A new menu labeling law that requires restaurant chains to post calories could extend to convenience stores, movie theaters and alcoholic beverages, if public comments are allowed to affect the law.