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National Retail Federation Honored By Environmental Protection Agency
Release Date: April 22, 2014

The National Retail Federation was recognized today on Earth Day by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with its 2014 SmartWay Affiliate Challenge award. The EPA recognized NRF for supporting policies and practices that reduce truck emissions and enhance freight efficiency.

Retailers Committed to Protecting Consumer Data
Release Date: April 16, 2014

The National Retail Federation today told a congressional panel that the retail industry is committed to safeguarding and protecting consumer data and information from highly-motivated and sophisticated cybercriminals and hackers.

Retailers Urge Expedited Contract Negotiations at West Coast Ports
Release Date: April 14, 2014

The National Retail Federation today urged maritime management and the union representing dockworkers along the U.S. West Coast ports to expedite pending contract negotiations and reach agreement on a new deal well in advance of the expiration of the current contract this summer. NRF believes expedited negotiations would strengthen the supply chain and provide shippers and retailers the certainty they need to utilize the West Coast ports during the holiday shipping period, which begins in July.

National Retail Federation Announces Information-Sharing Platform
Release Date: April 14, 2014

The National Retail Federation is moving forward with the creation of a program that will provide retailers access to information on cybersecurity threats identified by retailers, government and law enforcement agencies and partners in the financial services sector. The program, developed in consultation with the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FS-ISAC), will launch with the establishment of an information-sharing platform for retail industry information security specialists, and plans call for a retail ISAC to be established in June.

NRF Opposes Paycheck Fairness Act
Release Date: April 08, 2014

The National Retail Federation today urged the Senate to reject greater government involvement in compensation and employment decisions made by businesses, and signaled its opposition to S. 2199, the Paycheck Fairness Act. NRF will consider votes on the bill as key votes for its annual scorecard of lawmakers.

Patent Trolls Increasingly Target Retailers
Release Date: April 08, 2014

The National Retail Federation today urged Congress to address an increasing threat to both traditional brick-and-mortar retailers and online merchants: patent trolls. Patent trolls are shadowy entities that purchase overly-broad patents with the sole intent of suing retailers and other end-users of technology that allegedly infringe on those patents.

With Winter Weather Behind Them, Retail Employment Grows in March, According to NRF
Release Date: April 04, 2014

NRF Urges 40-Hour Definition of ‘Full Time’ Under Health Care Law
Release Date: April 02, 2014

The National Retail Federation today urged Congress to pass the bipartisan Save American Workers Act, which would change the Affordable Care Act’s definition of full-time employment from 30 hours per week to 40 hours. NRF sent a letter to the House saying all votes related to the bill, H.R. 2575, would be considered key votes for the association’s annual scorecard.

Retailers Oppose Increase in Federal Minimum Wage
Release Date: April 01, 2014

The National Retail Federation today called Senate legislation aimed at increasing the federal minimum wage by 40 percent an anti-job tax that would lead to higher labor costs for employers and fewer opportunities for young and entry-level workers. NRF will include votes on the minimum wage as “Key Retail Votes” in its annual voting scorecard used to measure legislative support for the retail industry’s public policy priorities.

Retailers Urge Adoption of PIN-Based Credit Cards
Release Date: March 26, 2014

The National Retail Federation told the Senate today that it’s time for an overhaul of the nation’s fraud-prone credit and debit card system, saying banks’ insistence on cards that use a signature instead of a Personal Identification Number puts merchants and their customers at risk. Indeed, card companies have continued to promulgate the use of fraud-prone signature cards despite their own research – conducted almost 25 years ago – that showed that PIN-based cards provided more security for consumers, retailers and banks.

Retailers Disappointed in Swipe Fee Ruling
Release Date: March 21, 2014

The National Retail Federation today expressed disappointment in a court decision that will keep the Federal Reserve’s cap on debit card swipe fees at 21 cents rather than reducing it to a lower level.

Retail Sales Rebound in February; Up 0.2 Percent
Release Date: March 13, 2014

American consumers powered through the winter weather lifting retail sales in February. According to the National Retail Federation – the world's largest retail trade association – February retail sales, which exclude automobiles, gas stations and restaurants, increased 0.2 percent adjusted month-to-month and 2.3 percent unadjusted year-over-year.

National Council of Chain Restaurants Urges Senate to Reject Minimum Wage Hike
Release Date: March 12, 2014

The National Council of Chain Restaurants issued the following comments from Executive Director Rob Green on the hearing held today by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on a proposal to raise the federal minimum wage: "Today’s hearing is an exercise in rehearsed political talking points that ignore the practical reality of what yet another government mandate on businesses would mean in this fragile economy.

NRF Calls Overtime Proposal ‘Contrary to the Goal of Job Creation’
Release Date: March 12, 2014

NRF issued the following statement from Senior Vice President for Government Relations David French in response to reports that President Obama will propose a change in federal overtime rules:

NRF Calls on Congress to Level Playing Field for Retailers
Release Date: March 11, 2014

The National Retail Federation today urged Congress to pass legislation that would require online and remote sellers to collect state and local sales taxes, telling a House committee that lawmakers should level the playing field between local retailers and out-of-state competitors.

Retail Imports to Rise in March as Retailers Stock Up for Spring
Release Date: March 10, 2014

Import volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is expected to increase 12.4 percent in March as retailers begin to stock up for the spring and the summer season, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.

NRF Says PIN Essential on New Credit and Debit Cards
Release Date: March 07, 2014

The National Retail Federation issued the following statement from Senior Vice President and General Counsel Mallory Duncan in response to today’s announcement by Visa and MasterCard of the formation of a new cross-industry group focused on enhancing payment system security:

Retail Employment Down 6,700 in February
Release Date: March 07, 2014

The National Retail Federation today issued the following statements from NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay and Chief Economist Jack Kleinhenz in response to the February jobs report.

Retailers Urge Congress to Examine Data Security in Holistic Fashion
Release Date: March 05, 2014

The National Retail Federation submitted an official statement today for a hearing on data security being held by the House Financial Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit, reiterating the retail industry’s commitment to protecting Americans’ financial information.

NRF Says Camp Tax Reform Proposal Would Boost Economy
Release Date: February 26, 2014

The National Retail Federation welcomed a proposal to reform the nation’s tax structure announced today by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich., saying it would strengthen the economy and jobs.

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