What exactly happened this week between the governor and the legislature?

By AMY DRUMM, MRA Vice President, Government Affairs

Thursday, April 30 marked the last day of the legislative extension of the governor’s executive powers under a 1976 Emergency Management Act.

New cleaning and mitigation efforts required for food selling-establishments and pharmacies

Executive Order 2020-109, originally issued as E.O. 2020-60 on Sunday, April 26 and continuing through the state of emergency, requires all food-selling establishments (grocery stores, convenience stores,

Contactless credit card acceptance during COVID-19 (and beyond)


As we move through the new “normal” of doing business in a non-contact kind of way, one of the points of contact that can be modified is how you accept a card for payment at the point of sale.

From CEO Bill Hallan: At MRA, essential work goes on. Just differently.


This morning I stopped to get coffee on my way into the office and I immediately wiped the cup down with a Clorox wipe. Who does that?

Best practices for key-entering credit card transactions


As we continue to grapple with the impact of Covid-19 on retailers and develop new ways to provide goods and services in this radically different landscape,

Emergency Paid Sick Leave and FMLA coverage

On March 18, President Trump signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) into law. That law added two new emergency benefits that employees are eligible for from smaller employers (under 500 employees).

Resources on Michigan’s price gouging law and state closures/updates on COVID-19

In this issue:

  • Gov. Whitmer declares state of emergency COVID-19 confirmed in Michigan
  • Worth remembering: price gouging = prices grossly in excess of normal price points
  • Supplemental approved to partially restore Pure Michigan funding
  • Ypsilanti adds criminal felony convictions to anti-discrimination ordinance
  • Resources for retailers
  • Regulatory round-up

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EV charging bills move, tobacco vaping changes discussed and prescription drug cost/reimbursement

Pure Michigan funding debate, tobacco law updates introduced

In this issue:

  • Senate subcommittee pushes Pure Michigan funding
  • Bipartisan package to update tobacco/vaping laws introduced
  • Legislators mulling bank and grocery store-based Secretary of State locations
  • FDA begins enforcement on certain flavored vaping products
  • State scraps switching pharmacy Medicaid reimbursement to fee-for-service plan
  • Regulatory round-up
  • 2019-2020 bill tracker

Senate subcommittee pushes Pure Michigan funding

Following an overview of the proposed Labor and Economic Opportunity budget,

In their own words: Hastings Ace Hardware’s Jerry and Lyndy Bolthouse

When you think of a family- and community-focused business, Hastings Ace Hardware would vie for top honors. Parents of current owner, Jerry Bolthouse, can prove it. Gerald and Anna Bolthouse had 13 children,