Legal

NRF Expresses Disappointment With Latest Vaccine and Testing Ruling
December 20, 2021 at 6:56 pm

The National Retail Federation (NRF) on Friday expressed disappointment about the 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals’ decision to lift the stay for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) COVID-19 employer-based vaccination and testing mandate. The mandate requires businesses with at least 100 employees to have them vaccinated or face weekly COVID-19 tests and facemask…

Why Tax Content is Essential for Omnichannel Retail Operations
December 2, 2021 at 11:47 am

Retail operations have had to change drastically over the last year or so. The pandemic pushed more commerce online and has since accelerated omnichannel commerce as consumers demand flexibility in their shopping experiences. In fact, nearly 90 percent of retailers agree that a seamless omnichannel strategy is critical for business success. However, for omnichannel strategies…

NY Attorney General Files Court Order Asking for COVID-19 Worker Safety Monitor at Amazon Facility
December 1, 2021 at 5:56 pm

The New York attorney general is going after Amazon.com, accusing the e-commerce giant of rolling back protocols for COVID-19 in at least one of its warehouses. New York Attorney General Letitia James sought an emergency court order on Tuesday, saying Amazon's decision on COVID-19 safety leaves employees at a higher risk of exposure to the coronavirus. James…

Retailers Pleased With Latest Vaccine and Testing Mandate Victory
November 15, 2021 at 6:34 pm

Retailers opposed to a Biden administration vaccine and testing mandate won a major legal victory on Friday when the 5th Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals in New Orleans upheld a temporary stay on the mandate. The mandate was issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and required businesses with at least…

Jan. 4 Vaccination Deadline Set for Private Sector Employers; NRF Pushes Back Against Mandate
November 4, 2021 at 4:42 pm

The Biden administration said on Thursday that large companies (those with 100 or more employees) have until Jan. 4 to ensure that their workforces are fully vaccinated under a sweeping new coronavirus health measure that will cover 84 million private sector workers, including an estimated 31 million workers who are currently unvaccinated. The plan was…

How the Federal Emergency Vaccine Regulation Will Impact Retailers
October 6, 2021 at 8:14 pm

In early September, President Biden and the U.S. Labor Department announced an emergency regulation requiring companies with 100 or more employees to ensure their workforces are either fully vaccinated or test negative for COVID-19 at least once a week. Noncomplying businesses could be fined up to $14,000 per violation, a punitive measure intended to stop the…

Florida Updated its Telemarketing Rules — Now What?
October 4, 2021 at 5:31 pm

In April, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an opinion in a major case pertaining to Facebook that was viewed as favorable to the contact center industry and a blow to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). However, many states began reviewing their own calling guidelines and refining them accordingly. Florida passed an update (SB 1120)…

Macy's Fights Amazon Billboard Atop its Iconic New York Store
September 29, 2021 at 4:58 pm

Saying it would cause "immeasurable" harm to its business, Macy's filed a lawsuit asking a court to prevent a real estate company from allowing Amazon.com to advertise on a billboard connected to the department store's Herald Square location in New York City. The lawsuit, filed in New York State Supreme Court on Friday, said the…

Retailers Seek 90 Days to Comply With OSHA Vaccination Rule
September 23, 2021 at 7:23 pm

Two leading retail-sector trade groups asked Labor Secretary Marty Walsh to give companies 90 days of “lead time” to implement the forthcoming mandate for COVID-19 vaccination or testing for tens of millions of workers. The emergency temporary standard being developed by the Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will require employers with 100 or more…

New York City Vaccine Requirements Create Significant Compliance Hurdles for Covered Retailers
September 9, 2021 at 7:07 pm

On Aug. 16, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio issued Executive Order 225 (the “Order”) and related guidance regarding the “Key to NYC” vaccination requirements for nearly all patrons, employees, interns, volunteers, and contractors entering indoor dining, entertainment, recreation, and fitness settings. Under these requirements, all individuals age 12 or older must show proof that…