Update: FDA Signals Enforcement Will Not Be Used To Ensure Compliance With New Nutrition Facts Labeling Requirements — For Now
Manufacturers with more than $10 million in annual food sales were required to switch to the new label by January 1, 2020, while smaller manufacturers were given an extra year to comply. Yet, 2020 has been anything but a “normal” year.
Food & Beverage Update: FDA and OSHA Provide Health and Safety Checklist for Food Operations During Pandemic
On August 11, 2020, the FDA and OSHA issued jointly developed guidance to assist the food industry as it continues to operate during the challenging times presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Just a few weeks ago, the trend line showed that the infection, hospitalization and death rates were moving markedly downward. States across the country were eager to re-open businesses and ramp the economy back up. Now, we are in the midst of a retrenching of our positions, hunkering back down somewhere between a state ofContinue reading “COVID-19 Re-Opening Considerations, Part 4: Understanding The Risk Of Re-Opening”
In this blog, Bill Acevedo highlights three industries to analyze the State of California’s re-opening guidance to explore the gray areas that nonetheless remain for operating in the “new normal” economy.
Written by Anna Nagornaia, Associate, Wendel Rosen LLP’s Business Practice Group Regardless of what industry you are in, if you applied for a loan under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), there are major developments that you need to know. On June 3, 2020, the Senate passed H.R. 7010 entitled the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility ActContinue reading “New Law – Risks, Opportunities and Major Changes to the Paycheck Protection Program”
CNN has a helpful collection of information outlining where all 50 states stand on re-opening. There is not enough space in this blog post to go through that data, especially as each state has a slightly different approach for re-opening. Regardless of your particular state, though, one of the fundamental components of any re-opening planContinue reading “Re-Opening Your Business, Part 2: Navigating Government Orders and Regulatory Guidance”
In my very first class in college – a political science lecture – the professor stated, “Where you stand depends on where you sit.” In other words, every position is relative to the circumstances presented. That phrase has stayed with me over the years, especially as my profession is based upon the representation of myContinue reading “Re-Opening Your Business is Going to be a Process, Not a Ribbon Cutting”
Equity incentives – often in the form of stock options – are a key part of executive compensation. Option holders work for a company exit that can produce a big payday for them. Now more than ever companies need to keep their employees focused on better times in the future. When cash to pay salariesContinue reading “Are Your Options Underwater?”
Since the inception of the COVID-19 shutdown of the American economy instituted by governmental officials across the United States, food and beverage businesses have been designated as critical infrastructure and essential businesses. Early on, little guidance on how to operate in a pandemic beyond social distancing was provided in conjunction with the hastily prepared governmentalContinue reading “Statutory Liability Protection for Essential Businesses is an Essential Need”
This post will discuss the need for companies thinking about fundraising in a private offering of securities to make additional disclosures to prospective investors regarding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Supplemental Paid Leave for Illness Related to COVID-19: A New Cost of Business for Large California Food Companies?
On Thursday, April 16, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom signed Executive Order N-51-20, effective immediately. The Executive Order requires all food sector businesses that employee 500 or more “food sector workers” to provide COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave.
Here’s a welcome relief from the emotional strain of the moment’s new normal of constant COVID-19 health alerts and infection updates: positive crisis leadership.
CDC Issues Interim Guidance for Essential Businesses to Address Workers with Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19 Exposure
Bill Acevedo, Co-Chair, Wendel Rosen LLP Food & Beverage Practice Group, explains new CDC guidelines on employees returning to work if they have been exposed to COVID-19.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently released topical information resources regarding COVID-19. These resources include questions and answers for industry on food supply, precautionary safety measures for worker and food safety, what to do if your workforce tests positive for COVID-19, and temporary policy guidelines.
Some businesses and individuals weren’t getting the message. So, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Santa Clara, San Francisco, and San Mateo counties and the City of Berkeley issued an updated Shelter in Place Order on March 31, 2020 (the “Order”).
Essential Businesses Can Limit Employee Commuting Stress With “Allow To Pass” Letters and Access Cards
Bill Acevedo, Co-Chair, Wendel Rosen LLP Food & Beverage Practice Group, discusses how employers can alleviate the concerns of their employers who must come in to help with operations during this time.
Bill Acevedo, Co-Chair, Wendel Rosen LLP Food & Beverage Practice Group, addresses what food manufactures need to know during the Shelter in Place Order.
Consumer Alert: FTC and FDA Issue Warning Letters to Companies Looking to Capitalize on Coronavirus Fears
The Secretary of Health and Human Services has determined that a public health emergency exists nationwide as a result of confirmed cases of COVID-19.
Wendel Rosen LLP’s Food & Beverage Practice Group attorneys have been regular attendees at Expo West from the earliest days of this beloved annual gathering…
Food and beverage industry, if you haven’t already, now is the time to review your websites.
In a recent interview with Food Navigator USA, Partner Bill Acevedo discusses the recent lawsuit against Unilever that alleges the company misleads customers by representing Ben & Jerry’s ice cream products as being made with milk from “happy cows” in a Caring Dairy Program. The lawsuit states that only a small percentage of the milkContinue reading ““Happy Cows” and Sad Customers? Bill Acevedo Comments on Ben & Jerry’s Milk Sourcing Lawsuit”