Labor & Employment

The food industry provides full-time, part-time, seasonal, and flexible workforce opportunities in a variety of careers and serves as an essential employer in every community around the country. The labor and employment regulatory landscape directly impacts the movement of food necessities and consumer goods throughout complex domestic and global supply chains.

Labor & Employment Resources


Threshold used to determine non-exemption from the federal overtime standard.

OSHA Walkaround

Rule providing third-party individuals or groups with access to facilities when an OSHA Compliance Safety and Health Officer (CSHO) is conducting an inspection.

Employee Non-Competes

Regulation banning businesses from using employee non-compete clauses.

Joint Employer

Standard used to determine when two or more businesses share direct and indirect responsibility of a worker.

Independent Contractor

Guidelines for how a business classifies a worker as an employee or independent contractor for the purposes of applying federal wage and overtime requirements.

Minimum Wage

The federal minimum wage is regulated by the Department of Labor’s Fair Labor Standards Act. There have been federal bills aimed at raising the current $7.25 hourly minimum wage, but they have seen little movement in Congress. Most of the changes to the minimum wage have been made across the country in the state and local legislatures.

Government Affairs Leadership


The FMI Government Relations Committee reviews, formulates and recommends to the Public Affairs Committee the programs and positions necessary to represent the interests of grocery retailers and wholesalers before the federal and state governments. The Committee recommends priorities and directions for the maximum utilization of FMI's resources and assists in influencing and implementing government relations programs at the national and state levels.

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