Advocacy

17 Oct

President Trump Signs Executive Order Allowing Association Health Plans

President Donald Trump signed an executive order on October 12 to expand access to association health plans (AHPs), allowing small businesses to band together through a trade association to buy health insurance.

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19 Sep

Survey Aims to Assess Changing Retail Landscape

ABA is encouraging booksellers to complete a new survey from the Advocates for Independent Business that seeks data that can contribute to larger media and public policy discussions.

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19 Sep

South Dakota Supreme Court Rejects State Attempt to Collect Online Sales Tax

On Thursday, September 14, the Supreme Court of the State of South Dakota ruled that the state cannot force remote retailers to collect and remit sales tax if they do not have nexus in South Dakota.

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13 Sep

Amazon Seeks Second HQ and Tax Incentives in Exchange for Jobs

Late last week, Amazon issued a request for proposals as it looks to build a $5 billion second headquarters somewhere in North America.

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13 Sep

AIB Launches Survey to Assess Changing Retail Landscape

The Advocates for Independent Businesses recently launched a survey to assess how indies are being impacted by changes in the retail business. ABA is encouraging booksellers to complete the survey.

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30 Aug

FTC Clears Way for Amazon Purchase of Whole Foods

On Wednesday, August 23, the Federal Trade Commission announced its determination that Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods would not harm competition.

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22 Aug

Time to Rethink Antitrust Enforcement?: Lina Khan on Amazon and Market Dominance

Here, New America’s Lina Khan discusses Amazon, U.S. antitrust law, and the online giant’s role in the book industry.

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07 Aug

Last Chance to Order Banned Books Week Display Kit

Time is running out for ABA bookstore members that want to receive the 2017 Banned Books Week display kit.

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01 Aug

Washington Post Columnist Posits: Is Amazon Getting Too Big?

On July 28, the Washington Post — which is owned by Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos — published an in-depth piece by columnist Steven Pearlstein detailing antitrust concerns over Amazon’s growth.

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31 Jul

Memo to Politicians: Bargaining for an Amazon Warehouse? Turn the Tables!

In a recent article published in Bloomberg BNA’s Daily Tax Report: State, Good Jobs First Director Greg LeRoy discusses how Amazon has gained market share through the receipt of tax incentives.

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26 Jul

Amazon’s Proposed Purchase of Whole Foods Stirs Antitrust Questions

Amazon’s proposed acquisition of Whole Foods has raised concerns about antitrust issues among lawmakers as well as advocacy and retail groups.

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19 Jul

Labor Department Abandons Obama Administration Overtime Rules

The U.S. Department of Labor has decided not to challenge a November injunction blocking an overtime rule that would have doubled a worker’s exempt status.

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17 Jul

Congressman Calls for Antitrust Hearing on Amazon’s Whole Foods Purchase

Rhode Island Congressman David Cicilline is calling for a hearing on Amazon’s proposed $13.7 billion acquisition of Whole Foods.

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07 Jul

Carla Gray Memorial Scholarship Announced

The new Carla Gray Memorial Scholarship for Emerging Bookseller-Activists, to be managed by the Book Industry Charitable Foundation, will honor the late Carla Gray of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

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21 Jun

ABFE Director Chris Finan to Leave ABA

American Booksellers for Free Expression Director Chris Finan is leaving the American Booksellers Association to become the National Coalition Against Censorship’s new executive director.

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