Thanks to the Specialty Food Association for sharing their 2016 Industry Report. Retail sales of specialty foods in the U.S. grew 19.7% between 2013 and 2015. This Report is loaded with lots of useful data, plus their 7 takeaways!
Texas Judge Temporarily Blocks Overtime Regulations That Were To Become Effective on December 1st.
On November 22, 2016, a federal court judge in Texas issued a preliminary injunction that temporarily blocks the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) from implementing and enforcing its revised white collar overtime regulations on a national basis. The regulatory revisions, which would more than double the minimum salary requirements for the major white collar exemptions to the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), were set to become effective on December 1, 2016.
The Annual Membership meeting was held on October 19 in conjunction with the Maine Food Means Business Summit. The membership adopted a new three-year Strategic Plan and elected Sheila Gibbons, Pine State Trading Co., Maine Spirits, Jon Dube, Snyder’s Lance and Sue Johnson, Associated Grocers of New Hampshire as new Board Directors.
Outgoing Board Directors, Mike Violette, Associated Grocers of New England, Kevin Kinney, Save-a-Lot, Dave Dickey, Snyder’s Lance, Bob Cooper, Pine State Trading Co. and Doug Carr, Carr Consulting were recognized for their service.
In his address, Board President Jim Lesser asked current and former Board Directors and Committee volunteers to stand to be recognized. Well over 40 people stood which illustrates continued member engagement in the MGFPA. He also issued a Call to Action – seeking volunteers to serve on MGFPA Committees. Want more information? Call 207.622.4461 or send an email to Shelley@mgfpa.org.
Maine statutes incorporate by reference the salary requirements under the Fair Labor Standard Act (FLSA). Maine employers who currently claim overtime exemptions for their employees who work in a “bona fide executive, administrative or professional capacity” will be required to comply with the new rules for these categories of workers effective December 1, 2016. This class will provide an overview of the overtime requirements including the application of state law and discuss the changes required by the new rules and the differences between federal and state overtime requirements.