House Passes 40 Hour Full Time Change To ACA

U.S. House of Representatives passed the bipartisan Save American Workers Act (H.R. 30) by a vote of 252-172 to raise the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) definition of full-time employment from 30 hours per week to 40 hours per week. The bill now goes to… Read More

Baltimore City Council Moves to Ban Plastic Bags – Contact the Mayor

Baltimore City Council amended Bill 14-0372 last night. The bill, which would have imposed a 5¢ fee on plastic bags, was amended on second reader by a vote of 11-1 to ban plastic bags. If the measure becomes law, it will take effect on… Read More

Unemployment Insurance Rates to Go Up

Unemployment insurance (UI) rates will move to Table B beginning January 1, 2015. The Division of Unemployment Insurance is required to do an annual calculation of the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund every October. The ending balance of the Trust Fund on September 30 is… Read More

Holiday Forecast

“Retailers are hopeful for a gain in holiday sales this year.” said Maryland Retailers Association’s (MRA) President Patrick Donoho.

ENERGY STAR Tax Free Weekend

Tax Free Weekend for qualified ENERY STAR appliances will begin on Saturday, February 15, end on Monday, February 17. During this weekend, the 6% sales tax will not be charged on qualified ENERGY STAR air conditioners, clothes washers, furnaces, heat pumps, boilers, solar water… Read More

Retailers’ post-Christmas gift: More shoppers

http://www.capitalgazette.com/news/business/ph-ac-cn-xmas-returnssales-1227-20141227,0,5852211.story

Minimum wage increase forces local business owners to make tough decisions

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/baltimore-county/arbutus-lansdowne/ph-ca-at-minimum-wage-0107-20150107-story.html

Minimum wage increased to $8 in Maryland

http://www.cecildaily.com/business/article_b93bfbae-77b5-50bc-9a03-30bb903f5af8.html

Legislative Committee Meetings

MRA Legislative Committee Meeting             Wednesday, January 28, MRA, following the Legislative Breakfast at approximately 10a.m. MRA Legislative Committee Meeting             Wednesday, February 11, MRA, 9 a.m. MRA Legislative Committee Meeting             Wednesday, February 25, MRA, 9 a.m.

TSJ Board of Directors meeing

Tri-State Jewelers Board of Directors Meeting             Tuesday, February 3, MRA, 6:30 p.m.      

Legislative Breakfast

January 28th at Harry Browne’s Restaurant on State Circle, Annapolis, MD  at 8:00 a.m. concludes at 9:30 a.m.