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Stephen Schatz, Senior Director, NRF

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Last week was a critical step forward in the debate on sales tax fairness. At a three-hour-plus House Judiciary Committee hearing last Wednesday, members of Congress heard from a panel of lobbyists, experts and attorneys on various proposals to eliminate the sales tax disparity that gives online sellers a price advantage to the detriment of […]

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NRF received word from allies on Capitol Hill this week that the Senate is preparing a series of votes in March on legislation aimed at preventing and combating the destructive force of patent trolls. This would follow on House approval of the Innovation Act last December. By now you know how patent trolls work. Shell […]

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The nation’s leading economic thought-leaders were in Virginia this week for the 30th annual Economic Policy Conference held by the National Association for Business Economics. Attendees heard from top economic policymakers and regulators including former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers, White House Council of Economic Advisers Chairman Jason Furman and […]

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On the heels of a holiday shopping season that witnessed record amounts of online shopping, a broad coalition of over 300 organizations, representing more than 3 million American businesses and associations, including NRF, is urging Congress to act on the retail industry’s top public policy priority – sales tax fairness. “We are writing to start […]

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Today marks one year since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Affordable Care Act was constitutionally viable. But the debate hasn’t let up since then. Days after NRF Vice President and Employee Benefits Policy Council Neil Trautwein testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations on the […]

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“This guidance is as clear as mud,” said Thomas L. McCally, Esq., equity member of the Washington, D.C. law firm Carr Maloney P.C. discussing the implications of the April 2012 guidance from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on employers’ use of criminal background checks. The Retail’s BIG Show session, “The EEOC Crackdown on Criminal […]

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During a members-only luncheon on Tuesday at Retail’s BIG Show, the National Retail Federation took time to honor John C. Mahaney Jr., president and CEO of the Ohio Council of Retail Merchants, for leadership to the retail industry spanning more than 60 years. Mahaney was awarded NRF’s J. Thomas Weyant Lifetime Achievement Award for his commitment to the industry […]

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According to today’s panelists at the standing-room only session, “The Ultimate Retail Supply Chain Machine: Connecting the Consumer to the Factory,” the modern supply chain needs a “radical streamlining” that fully integrates production with purchases in an effort to help retailers and manufacturers operate their physical and information supply chains as one. The panel, which […]

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As the nation’s shipping community, from auto manufacturers and farmers to retailers and truckers, prepares for the highly anticipated supply chain disruption this coming Sunday, December 29, there is an 11th hour move – orchestrated by Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service – designed to bring the union and management together one last time to avert […]

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At 12:01 AM on Sunday, December 30, 2012, 15 container ports along the East and Gulf Coast– stretching from Maine to Texas – will immediately shut down if an agreement isn’t made between the International Longshoremen’s Association, who represent the dockworkers, and the United States Maritime Alliance, Ltd., who represent the terminal managers. The two […]

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