Tag: funeral home regulations

Business Regulations

The case for a free-market (funeral business) society

Last week I saw an article about the Fast Food Accountability and Standards (FAST) Recovery Act that has passed both houses of the California legislature and is awaiting a signature by Governor Gavin Newsome to make it a law.  Part of what that law would do is create a 10-person fast-food council with employee and restaurant representatives plus some state officials.  The council would then set industry-wide standards, including wages, working hours, and conditions in for-profit, privately owned restaurants. I […]

Preneed Regulations

Regulation of Preneed apparently coming too late for some consumers

It would be safe to say that in Great Britain there has been a lot of discussion about the costs of death care among consumers and government alike.  While it has been going on for some time and there is no doubt that the Covid-19 pandemic and the rise of Direct Cremation with No Services (DCNS) has forwarded the discussion, suffice it to say that the discussion has been going on for some time. And, the discussion has led some […]

Business Regulations

The regulatory environment for 2021

It’s not all that common but it does happen in the death care profession from time to time.  The “it” I’m talking about is regulatory infractions that can cause a funeral home or other other death care business, such as a crematory, to be shut down for some period of time. When it does happen in the profession, it is rare enough and because it comes from an industry with very high reputatational marks in providing service to families, it […]

Business Regulations

Canadian arbitrator rules tattoos, nose piercing acceptable funeral home employee expression

In a decision that came down in early July 2021 a Canadian arbitrator has ruled against a funeral home and for its two employees in a case involving employees rights to a pierced nose and un-covered tattoos.  You can read the article from Canada’s National Post on the decision here. In essence, the decision by arbitrator Amal Garzouzi stated, “(the funeral home) is violating its workers’ rights and offered no proof the body art upset grieving clients.”  Garzouzi continued, “The […]

Cremation Preneed Regulations

Death care receives criticism on three continents

I’ve operated and managed a thriving funeral home.  If you’ve been there and done it. . . you know it is 24/7/365. . . .not many days go by when you don’t worry about something.  And, I’ve dealt with grieving family members, regulators, and the consumer movement too.  When you operate a community funeral home, there is a lot to do. . . . . and a lot of people who will tell you how to do it better — […]

Regulations

FTC Funeral Rule comment period ends. . . what’s next?

The Federal Trade Commissions (FTC) “Funeral Rule” is up for review this summer and the comment period for public opinion into the rule ended on Monday.  So, now that that period is over. . what comes next? First, a little review on the Funeral Rule.  According to the Federal Register of the Federal Trace Commission and its reasoning for the review, that you can see here, the FTC issued the Funeral Rule in 1982 and it became fully effective on […]