Grandfather clause

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Grandfather clause

A provision included in a new rule or regulation that exempts a business that is already conducting business in the area addressed by the regulation from penalty or restriction.

Grandfather Clause

A clause in a new law, regulation, or anything else that exempts certain persons or businesses from abiding by it. For example, suppose a country passes a law stating that it is illegal to own a cat. A grandfather clause would allow persons who already own cats to continue to keep them, but would prevent people who do not own cats from buying them. Grandfather clauses are controversial, but they are also relatively common.
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The business decided it did not want to risk losing its grandfather rights, which can be threatened if a store applies to extend hours.
Federal law now regulates truck size and weight (TS&W) limits by specifying basic standards and excepting certain situations from those standards by grandfather rights and/or special permits," the study states.
Four of the current permit holders were guiding on the mountain at the time of the policy change and were given grandfather rights to continue their services.
City and Guilds has a new qualification called "Safe Use of Pesticides, replacing Grandfather Rights.
CHANGES to so-called grandfather rights - exemptions to pesticide use for people above a certain age - are bitter-sweet, says the CLA in the North.