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September 2016

Exclusive Member News

Wyoming Retail Association Pursues E-Fairness Legislation 

From the very beginning of online commerce, local retailers serving as the backbone of our Wyoming Main Streets have been unfairly punished with a tax code that gives their online competitors a federal government-sponsored advantage. Every day the stores in our communities are required to collect the state's sales tax, while out-of-state competitors selling in Wyoming get a free pass. This results in an automatic price advantage putting local job creators at a competitive disadvantage.  Read More »

2016 Primary Election Report and Legislative Update

The 2016 Wyoming Primary Election took place last month with our state's lone congressional seat being sought by a crowded field of candidates. All sixty seats in the Wyoming House of Representatives and fifteen (half) of the Wyoming Senate seats were up as well. The Wyoming General Election will be on November 8, 2016.   Read More »

September Legislative Update 

In May, Vice President Biden Joe Biden, Labor Secretary Tom Perez and U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced the release of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) final rule increasing the salary threshold for white-collar exemptions to the federal overtime pay requirements under the Fair Labor Standards Act from $23,660 to $47,476. DOL also announced it will automatically increase the threshold every three years and employers will need to be in compliance with the new rule by December 1, 2016.  Read More »

Citing The Loss of Billions for Consumers and Retailers Ask for Congress Not to Repeal Debit Card Reform

The National Retail Federation today asked Congress to reject legislation that would both undermine competition and repeal the Federal Reserve's cap on debit card swipe fees. The proposed bill would unleash new, higher, hidden swipe fees that could more than double without competitive routing options and the cap that are currently in place. Most consumers want the billions of dollars in savings to remain.  Read More »

DOL's New Overtime Rules: How Retailers and Restaurants are Preparing for Change

​Are you ready to implement new rules? Starting December 1, new overtime rules will have a significant impact on your operations' personnel costs, record keeping and employee morale. Under the new Department of Labor overtime rules, workers who earn less than $47,476 a year will have to be paid OT, even if they are classified as a manager or professional.   Read More »

Retailers to Recruit Earlier, Raise Seasonal Wages

The hunt for Holiday workers heats up, giving wages a boost. Christmas is still more than three months away, but competition for the workers needed to make online holiday orders arrive on time is already heating up.  Read More »

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