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ID Requirements Changing for Air Travelers Beginning January 2018

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), while gradually implementing the REAL ID Act passed by Congress in 2005, has announced that starting next year it cannot accept some state driver’s licenses that don’t meet acceptable security standards.

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DOL‘Playlists’ Help Guide Professionals in Assisting the Disabled

A suite of new Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) resources called "The Playlists: Disability Resources for WIOA Practitioners" has been posted on the Disability and Employment Community of Practice portal of the  Department of Labor's Workforce GPS technical assistance website. E...

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DOL’s ‘Union Walk Around Rule’ Rescinded by Trump Order

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) is celebrating what it describes as a “victory” in a lawsuit it filed last fall against the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The lawsuit argued that OSHA violated the law in announcing a controversial rule back in 2013.

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New Federal Poverty Guidelines Established for 2017

The new poverty guidelines are used for determining financial eligibility for many federal and state programs, including affordable housing subsidies, Supplemental Security Income, Medicaid, etc.

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CFPB Chief Vows No Early Exit Despite Trump

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray vows not to ease enforcement strategies as the new Trump administration settles in and makes the agency a principal target for reform or extinction. Cordray has been under heavy pressure to resign from Republicans eager to neuter the 5-year old agency.

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Got Questions about the New Overtime Rule? Here are Answers

The Department of Labor Wage & Hour Division (DOL), in partnership with the SBA Office of Advocacy, on Oct. 17 presented a webinar titled, “Preparing for the Overtime Final Rule.” DOL provided a briefing and a Questions & Answers session regarding the agency’s final rule that makes changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime regulations. This Final Rule becomes effective on Dec.1.

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Commerce Dept. to Promote U.S. Supply Chain

The Commerce Department has entered into a strategic partnership with the University of Southern California’s Marshall Center for Global Supply Chain Management in an effort aimed at improving the global competitiveness of the nation’s supply chains. The agreement was signed Friday (Oct. 14) by Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker at the University Park campus.

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Food, Agriculture Co-op Income Again Sets Record in 2015

Net income for the nation's agricultural cooperatives soared by 14 percent last year, according to data just released today by the Department of Agriculture (USDA). In its annual report on national cooperative business sales, USDA reported that the country's farmer, rancher and fishery cooperatives posted record net income of $7 billion in 2015.

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Mega Construction Compliance Project Being Expanded

The Labor Department’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) is expanding its Mega Construction Project (MCP) program.  An MCP is a major federally funded or federally assisted construction project that OFCCP selects for focused community outreach, technical assistance, ...

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Commerce Signs MOU with National Asian, Pacific Islander CoC

The Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) and the National Asian and Pacific Islander American Chamber of Commerce and Entrepreneurship (ACE) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU). The MOU is aimed at helping both MBDA and ACE increase awareness within the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community of business opportunities in trade, exporting, and contracting through trainings, roundtables, and webinars.

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