grandfather clause


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grandfather clause

A clause that exempts certain people or businesses from new limitations or restrictions, thus allowing them to continue doing or benefiting from something as they did before. Originally referred to a clause added to the constitutions of some Southern US states that exempted people with relatives that had voted before 1867 from strict new voting requirements, in effect disproportionately limiting the ability of African Americans to vote. No, I still get to pay the reduced rate, thanks to a grandfather clause in my contract.
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(a) grandfather clause

a clause in an agreement that protects certain rights granted in the past even when conditions change in the future. The contract contained a grandfather clause that protected my pension payments against claims such as might arise from a future lawsuit.
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But as with the grandfather clause, it's up to the administration to turn the law's general language into clear regulations.
The grandfather clause discussed above does not apply to the multiple tax moratorium.
Then, using historical parameters, we show that the value of the option to switch between bond classes and the value of the grandfather clause have nontrivial magnitudes.
For instance, McCain Ellio's Foods, whose "Healthy Slice" pizza would not be allowed, believes the grandfather clause is unfair and would give a competitive advantage to those companies allowed to retain the word "healthy" in brand names simply because they were in the marketplace longer.
Removing the grandfather clause would only serve to punish Gamma and hurt its workers," said Kalikow at the-hearing.
A grandfather clause, according to Wikipedia, "is a provision in which an old rule continues to apply to some existing situations, while a new rule will apply to all future cases.
The Board further noted that the grandfather clause results in reduced safety margins because pipeline MAOP is the basis for important decision making driven by other pipeline regulations.
A grandfather clause allows all current HUBZone areas to remain in the program until 2010 census figures are released.
FAAA imposed various requirements on wine labels and included a grandfather clause for holders of a Certificate of Label Approval, which exempts them from prohibitions on the use of appellations of origin in brand names for wines.
A grandfather clause on specific internet access taxes in place prior to 1998 for the full four-year period of the moratorium: and
The moratorium has a grandfather clause, so it will only apply to current and future applicants.
Instead, the grandfather clause gave some businesses motivation for keeping their oldest, dirtiest facilities going.
The lack of a grandfather clause requires companies conducting business in Canada to examine their information handling procedures to ensure that all information, even that already collected, is protected from disclosure.