YOUR IMMEDIATE ATTENTION IS NEEDED!
CALL OR EMAIL THE OFFICE IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS!
Please look at the attached notice that dealers in New Jersey and New York are getting from a law firm threatening to sue dealers for over $100,000 in potential damages. The dealers and their Associations are taking this action very serious and as such so should each and every retailer in Connecticut. There may be other law firms that will jump on this as well and if you receive ANY NOTICE FOR ANY LAW FIRM about items you may or may NOT be selling in your stores, we are asking they you let us know and copy us as well as seeking legal counsel.
We suggest, that you contact John Morgan 203-356-1595 who knows about the issue and we are going to be working with New York and New Jersey to stay up to date on this matter and if needed forming a group to keep legal expenses from this type of litigation from bankrupting your business.
At this time, we are NOT SURE even if you have insurance for these types of claims, if it would cover you since they are claiming the sales are illegal under Federal Law. THIS IS VERY SERIOUS and why we are reaching out to you. The claims for damages below if found to be turn can run into the millions of dollars! As you can see by the below they are not fooling around – they are dead serious!
Your Profits of the Sale of the Product going back 4-years 15 U.S.C. § 1117
Attorney’s Fees 18 U.S.C. § 1964
Punitive Damages 15 U.S.C. § 1117
Triple Damages 18 U.S.C. § 1964 & 15 U.S.C. § 1117
Michael J. Fox
DEEP GETTING SERIOUS ON RECYCLING FINES TO OUR INDUSTRY!
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WE HAVE BEEN WORKING WITH DEEP BUT THEY ARE GETTING SERIOUS ABOUT FINES AS WITH THE BUDGET DEFICET – THEY WANT REVENUE – PLEASE SEE BELOW AND CALL OR EMAIL THE OFFICE IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS!
I wanted to reach out to you to let you know that DEEP’s Recycling Enforcement Initiative (REI) will be focusing on the gas station / mini mart sector in the upcoming year. Prior to actually citing any businesses for non-compliance with state recycling laws, we’d like to collaborate with your organization to provide some outreach and refresh your members on their obligations.
While it’s been 6+ years since we were last in communication on this issue, it appears that non-compliance with recycling requirements is still the norm – at least at the gas stations that I use. I very seldom see any recycling receptacles located either within the mini marts between the islands at the gas pumps. And if a service station does have some sort of bin/dumpster for recyclables in the back of their building, it is often marked for cardboard only.
When haulers enter into contracts to provide trash collection services for their customers, they are also required by law to make provisions for collection of recyclables as well. In this case, “make provisions” means to either offer and provide that service themselves, or to verify that the customer has another contract in place (with a different service provider) for the collection of recyclables. Please be aware that haulers (and processors) are not allowed to collect everything (trash + recyclables) in one dumpster and then “sort it all out” somewhere else.
Please let me know what outreach opportunities might be available from your organization!
Supervising Environmental Analyst
Sustainable Materials Management Planning & Implementation
CT Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP)
79 Elm Street
Hartford, CT 06106
DOL PROPOSES NEW REGULATIONS ON ASSOCIATION HEALTH PLANS
In January, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued proposed rules to change the regulations that govern association health plans (AHPs). These rules were initiated by an October 2017 Executive Order in which the President instructed the Secretary of Labor to “consider proposing regulations or revising guidance, consistent with law, to expand access to health coverage by allowing more employers to form AHPs.”
The underlying principle behind AHPs is that multiple employers can come together as members of an association and the association can be treated as the employer for purposes of sponsoring a group health plan for all the covered employees. Thus, the association plan is able to qualify as a large group health plan and therefore not be subject to the same requirements as small group health plans.
If enacted as promulgated, the proposed regulations would, among other things:
-Broaden the definition of “employer” for purposes of determining which groups can sponsor an AHP and relax the requirement that previously prevented associations from being formed, and existing, solely for the purposes of offering a health plan.
-Allow sole proprietors who meet a new definition of “working owners” to join AHPs (both as employers and employees).
GASDA has always and will continue to support Federal or State Legislation that will allow for Associations to again help their members get affordable health insurace thru group Association Plans. We will keep you posted and hope you will support these efforts.
Please forward to your comments Pro or Con to firstname.lastname@example.org!
The 2018 Regular Session convenes February 7th, 2018 and adjourns May 9th, 2018. GASDA WILL AGAIN BE TRACKING ALL THE BILLS THAT WE THINK IMPACT YOUR BUSINESS. TO MAKE IT EASY GO TO THE GASDA WEB SITE
www.gasda.org and look for Legislative Session on the top of the front page click on that link, log in and you will find all the bills and where they are in the process of becoming law!
UNBRANDED RETAILERS-YOUR PAYING WAY TO MUCH FOR CREDIT CARD PROCESSING!
GASDA has a NEW #1 Recommended Credit Card Processing Vendor
that will SAVE YOU MONEY AND TO CHECK IT OUT IS ALL FREE!
YOU HAVE NOTHING TO LOSE BUT THE SAVINGS YOUR MISSING OUT ON!
CoCard has a Brand New Program for unbranded Service Stations, Repair Shops and Towing Operators that will save you money over your current credit card processor.
NEW EXCITING PROFIT OPPORTUITY FOR GASOLINE RETAILERS
Christmas is coming early this year from GASDA as we have an exciting new Profit Opportunity for you. Major tobacco companies like Phillip Morris are paying c-stores for the Scan Data that they generate at the registers. We estimate that some stores will make thousands of dollars annually from the program in addition to the ability to earn a $400 bonus if you enroll before the end of the year.
Enrolling your store and transmitting your data to the tobacco companies is very difficult so we have partnered with SKUPOS software to help your store enroll in the program. Setting up SKUPOS software is simple and can be completed in just ten minutes.
When you sign up don’t forget to enter the code “gasda”, this code will give you a FREE month of SKUPOS which costs $20.00 per month per a store. The money you will earn in incentives will more than offset the cost of SKUPOS.
If you are interested in signing up for SKUPOS or have additional questions please reach out to their team by calling (800) 559-1358 or go to www.skupos.com/signup.
Hurry time is running out for the $400 enrollment bonus!
Hartford Business Journal Reports Electric Rates will Continue to Rise in 2018
Utility bills for homeowners will be going up by an average of $7.45 cents per month as of Jan. 1, 2018. The Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) Friday released revised generation rates for residential and business customers taking Standard Service generation from The Connecticut Light and Power Company, dba Eversource Energy (Eversource), and the United Illuminating Company (UI). Eversource’s residential generation rate will change from 8.01 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh) to 9.08 cents/kWh. UI’s residential generation rate will change from 7.6 cents/kWh to 9.66 cents/kWh.
Eversource said the average residential customer using 700 kilowatt hours of electricity each month will see an increase of approximately $7.45 per month on the supply portion of their bill. Each customer’s total bill depends on how much energy they use, their rate category, and weather conditions.
Eversource delivers electricity to 1.2 million customers in 149 cities and towns.
PURA spokesman Michael Coyle said customers might see bills run a bit higher during the colder winter months, but that the costs will balance out over a full year’s period.
Eversource and UI recently submitted proposed winter cycle rates based on competitive auctions held earlier this year to procure the electricity needed to meet the forecasted load. Both utilities pass through standard service rates without markup or profit.
The bid process, underlying calculations, and resulting rates were announced Friday following analysis and verification by PURA technical staff.
The Standard Service generation rates for other residential and business customer classes are also set to change effective Jan. 1, 2018. The new rates will be in effect through June 30, 2018.
Approximately two-thirds of Connecticut’s residential customers receive Standard Service generation from Eversource and UI. The remaining residential customers have chosen to receive their electricity from licensed electric suppliers, whose rates may be more or less than the Standard Service depending upon contract terms and the energy source.
HERE IS WHERE GASDA CAN HELP BUSINESS OWNERS AND HOMEOWNERS – WE HAVE A PROGRAM THAT CHECKS ALL SUPPLIERS OF ELECTRICITY IN THE STATE OF CONNECTICUT. BEST TIME TO RENEW IS SUMMER MONTHS STARTING IN MAY AND GOING TO OCTOBER – BUT WE HAVE PROGRAMS THAT ARE 4-MONTHS, 6-MONTHS, 12- MONTHS AND EVEN 24 & 36-MONTHS RATE LOCKS. WE HAVE BEEN SAVING DEALERS MONEY BY WATCHING THE MARKET JUST LIKE WE DO WHOLESALE GASOLINE PRICES. CHECK WITH US NOW TO GET YOUR FREE CHECK ON PRICES – YOU HAVE NOTHING TO LOSE EXCEPT MONEY!Again, this service is provided at NO COST to you! CALL US TODAY 203-327-4773 OR EMAIL ME A COPY OF YOUR CURRENT ELECTRIC BILL TO MIKE@GASDA.ORG
GASDA is Pleased to Announce NB Environmental Services as Another New Recommended Vendor for all your Environmental Needs!
ATTENTION ALL RETAILERS: A Brand New GASDA Bank Lender to Handle All Your Financing Needs
THE STATE OF CONNECTICUT IS PROPOSING ELIMINATING GASOLINE & DIESEL FUEL IN FAVOR OF ELECTRIC VEHCILES!
YOUR FUTURE IS UNDER SERIOUS ATTACH!
YOU HAVE EVERYTHING TO LOSE BUT YOU CAN STOP THIS!
SEE BELOW THE 226-PAGE REPORT AND CALL THE OFFICE 203-327-4773 OR EMAIL MIKE@GASDA.ORG TO FIND OUT WHAT YOU CAN DO!
Your paying to much If you have not checked this New Insurance Program Out!
GoodWorks Insurance, GASDA’s #1 recommended insurance vendor regularly saves clients 20% or more over direct writers and others and as always all quotes are FREE
so what do you have to lose expect paying to much!!
Again, this service is provided at NO COST to you!
ATTENTION All Gas Retailers
New Law Goes Into Effect January 1, 2017!
Minimum Wage Increase
Something that will directly affect residents is the increase in the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour from the current $9.60. Some state lawmakers are pushing for the minimum wage to go up to $15 an hour in the coming years.
Ban the Box
Employers will no longer be legally allowed to ask prospective employees about prior arrests, criminal charges or convictions in an initial employment application unless required to do so under state or federal law or if the employer must obtain a security or fidelity bond.
Another part of the act will establish a task force to study issues of employment opportunities for people with criminal histories.
The movement is commonly called “ban the box,” which refers to the check mark box on job applications that asks about prior convictions and arrests.
New State of Connecticut Requirements for a Permit
to sell Vapor Cigarettes & Products! March 1, 2016 Deadline!
ATTENTION ALL GAS RETAILERS
Major Issue Regarding Underground Tank Insurance
What a Retailer needs to Know about EMV Credit Card Compliance – What You Need To Know!
Video of Executive Director Michael J. Fox on how can $6.00 Retail Gasoline Prices Happen As He Testified at Congressional Hearings on High Gasoline Prices
Here you will find the most current stories relating to our Industry and how it effects the consumer. By educating consumers to the truth, we can stop all the “spin” by both Big Oil and some politicians! GASDA will provide you with verifiable facts for you to decide!
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