Next week on December 12th there is a Small Business Call hosted by the Minnesota Employment and Economic Development office of Small Business and Innovation with more discussion about Earned Sick and Safe Time (ESST) If interested, Please see the link below as a “Teams Meeting” virtual meeting.- Lance
Small Business Call
Join the conversation on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 2:00 p.m.
The meeting, which is the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 2:00 p.m., is an opportunity for small business owners to have a conversation with business experts and their peers.
Our next call/Teams meeting, will be on Tuesday, December 12th, 2023 at 2:00 p.m.
One topic for December will be about the Employer Reasonable Accommodation Fund (ERAF) where small to mid-sized Minnesota employers can request reimbursement for expenses related to providing reasonable accommodations for job applicants and employees with disabilities.
The other topic will a discussion of the Earned Sick and Safe Time (ESST) program managed by the MN Dept. of Labor & Industry.
You may submit a question ahead of time by contacting Mark.Simmer@state.mn.us.
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Payment Card Interchange Fee Settlement Opens for Claims
Claim notices began mailing out December 1.
December 05, 2023
In March, a federal appeals court upheld a $5.6 billion antitrust class-action settlement consisting of more than 12 million retailers. The claims process is now moving forward as claims forms began mailing on December 1, 2023, and will continue being sent for most of December.
The lawsuit is about the excessive fees merchants had to pay in order to accept Visa and Mastercard cards after the companies violated antitrust laws. With the $5.54 billion settlement, every merchant in the Rule 23(b)(3) Settlement Class that did not exclude itself from the class by the deadline and filed a valid claim (“Authorized Claimant”) will be paid from the settlement fund. The part of the litigation challenging Visa and Mastercard’s rules and price setting is continuing.
The Rule 23(b)(3) Settlement Class consists of persons, businesses and other entities that have accepted any Visa-branded cards and/or Mastercard-branded cards in the United States at any time from January 1, 2004, to January 25, 2019.
The deadline for merchants to file their claim is May 31, 2024. Once you have received your claim notice, you may file either online or mail your claim to the settlement office.
For more information on the claims process and the settlement itself, visit Payment Card Settlement | Official Court-Authorized Website – Home. That is the official website for the settlement and will include all official court notices relating to the settlement.
If you did not receive a claim form and did not opt out, visit the official website and notify the claims administrator to receive and file a claim form. No organization will receive funds without filing a claim.
The one day course will focus on the basics of everyday towing of heavy duty equipment with hands-on training instructed by the Minnesota Professional Towing Association Board of Directors.
This two day course will focus on the danvaced towing and recovery including basic/advanced hook-ups and roll-overs/embankments with handss-on training instructed by Ron Feist, Ron Gardas Jr. and the Minnesota Professional Towing Association Board of Directors.
The 2023 Annual Membership Meeting and Annual Hall of Fame Ceremony of the Minnesota Professional Towing Association will be held on September 12, 2023 at Trappers Bar & Grill located at 6810 Lake Drive, Lino Lakes, MN 55104 starting at 6:30pm.
All members are invited to the Annual Membership Meeting and Annual Hall of Fame Ceremony to express interests within our industry as well as updates with legal, legislative and a “state of the Association” address. As always, after the meeting, dinner will be served and would be great to have you there.
The Eve of Destruction
Saturday, September 16, 2023