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under consideration but strongly opposed by the commercial trucking industry. However, FMCSA said it would continue to conduct data analysis and research to further examine any risks associated with 11 hours of driving time. Under the new regulation, truck drivers also cannot continue to drive after working eight hours without first taking a 30-minute break. In addition, the rule requires drivers who maximize their weekly work hours to take at least two nights’ rest from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. That requirement is part of the rule’s 34-hour restart provision, which allows drivers to restart the clock of their work week by taking at least 34 consecutive hours off-duty. Drivers may use that provision only once during a 7-day period. Companies and drivers that commit “egregious” violations of the rule could face maximum penalties for each offense, according to FMCSA. Companies that allow drivers to exceed the 11-hour driving limit by three or more hours could be fined $11,000 per offense, and drivers could face civil penalties of up to $2,750 for each offense. CELL PHONE REGULATION. The final rule limiting cell phone use by commercial drivers was published in the Dec. 2 Federal Register. As expected, the rule restricts a commercial motor vehicle Meeting with members of Congress Snack Food Association (SFA) member company executives will have an opportunity to meet personally with members of the US House of Representatives and the US Senate, as well as their top staff members, during the 2012 SFA Legislative Summit, to be held May 15-17 in Washington, DC. The Legislative Summit will include organized meetings with lawmakers, a briefing on key issues affecting the snack food industry, social and networking events, and committee meetings. The event will be held at the L’Enfant Plaza Hotel on Capitol Hill. Some of the key issues to be discussed with lawmakers include: Preserving Choice for SNAP Participants — The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the Food Stamp program, puts food on the table for approximately 46.2 million people. SFA opposes any revision to SNAP that would limit choice by restricting certain foods, including snack foods, from SNAP. Independent Contractor Status — Many snack food companies rely on independent operators as part of their distribution operations, and there have been numerous efforts at the state and federal levels to reclassify independent operators as employees. The Obama administration is developing proposed rules that would impose new paperwork requirements for the use of independent contractors, and the US Department of Labor and the Internal Revenue Service plan to join with states to more vigorously enforce alleged misclassification of workers. SFA opposes actions that would place unnecessary or unreasonable burdens on SFA member companies and is working to preserve the ability to use independent contractors in appropriate circumstances. Fair Labor Policy — The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has taken steps to implement card check through the regulatory process, issuing a requirement that employers post detailed notices outlining organizational rights and contact information for the NLRB, issued unfair “ambush election” rules that would shorten election timeframes and limit employees’ opportunity to make an informed choice, and attacked the basic right of management to determine where to locate businesses. SFA supports efforts to rein in this agency. “All member companies are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to make their voices heard among lawmakers on Capitol Hill by attending our Legislative Summit,” said SFA President and CEO Jim McCarthy. “This is a very important time as the 2012 elections near, and I can promise that this meeting will provide a fascinating insight into developments that will reach a crescendo in November.” To register for the Legislative Summit, please visit www.sfa.org. www.sfa.org February 2012 Snack World 23 http://www.sfa.org http://www.sfa.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Snack World - February 2012

Snack World - February 2012
Features
Letter from SFA - 75 Years...Growth, Innovation, Progress
Supplier’s Corner - Time for Change
Calendar of Events
75th Anniversary - The Birth of the Industry
75 Years and Counting
75th Anniversary - An Association is Born
75th Anniversary - A Glance at the Future
Government Affairs - Transportation Rules Roll
Meeting with members of Congress
Acrylamide Update - Strategies for Reduction
SNAXPO 75 - Building Knowledge Blocks
SNAXPO 75 - Exhibitor List
New Snacks
Products & Services
Ad Index

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