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62 Convenience Store News | JANUARY 2017 | WWW.CSNEWS.COM Legislative & Regulatory Forecast rulings out of the NLRB with regards to "leveraging new technology and mobile device apps to interface directly with workers, unions, and building on their successes in health care and the sharing economy to target traditional retailers." Carryover Issues Finally, some carryover issues from 2016 — internet lottery, menu labeling, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistantance Program (SNAP), and try- ing to change the predicate date of tobacco — are all cited by Lyle Beckwith, senior vice president, government relations for NACS, the Association for Convenience & Fuel Retailing, as important regula- tory and legislative concerns for this new year from the trade group's perspective. "But it's interesting, with Trump at the helm, no one in D.C. really knows what's coming up first, whether we'll have repeal of Obamacare, global tax reform, immigration issues, etc.," Beckwith relayed to CSNews. "Hopefully, we'll get these carryover issues dealt with, but it really hinges on what the new admin- istration's top priorities are." development in the city or county," he explained. The way Briant sees this escalating problem, "the agenda now clearly is to usher in a new era of prohibi- tion." And it is being felt at the local level. Therefore, it will become increasingly important in 2017 and beyond for local retailers/c-stores to participate in efforts to oppose tobacco ordinances. "This is critical because local elected officials need to hear from their local businesses," Briant stressed. "Local retailers have much more influence on the action of a city council or a county board than outside industry mem- bers. At NATO, we provide retailers the tools they need to become engaged and contact elected lawmakers." National Labor Relations Board The Trump Administration will have the oppor- tunity to fill two vacant seats on the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) later in 2017. "But it will be quite a while before the new appointments will be able to stem the tide of anti-employer decisions at the NLRB, especially with regard to joint employer decisions and the use of independent contractors," Kefauver said. Regulatory Reform As a result of the election, the industry will have the opportunity to revisit numerous anti-employer rules and regulations promulgated by the Obama Administration, Department of Labor, Department of Justice, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The new federal overtime standard, looming equal pay provisions, and excessive litigation with regards to the Americans with Disabilities Act may be addressed early in the new administration, Kefauver predicts. Labor Organizing With limited legislative and political opportunities in front of them, look for organized labor to refocus their attention on traditional organizing, Kefauver stat- ed. He envisions them taking advantage of favorable

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