"DOL to participate in town hall meetings in Bridgeton, Missouri, to assist nuclear weapons workers" per DOL NR:  http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/OWCP/OWCP20151045.htm
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"Homing in on homeopathy" re advertising such products - per the FTC's Business Blog:  
https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/blogs/business-blog/2015/06/homing-homeopathy?utm_source=govdelivery
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"Tax Relief in Disaster Situations" from the IRS:  http://www.irs.gov/uac/Tax-Relief-in-Disaster-Situations
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OSC Provides Revised Charge Form as well as 2 New Languages: http://www.justice.gov/crt/about/osc/htm/charge.php
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"Governor Cuomo Announces New Proposed Rules Concerning Businesses That Pay Workers with Debit Cards" per NYS DOL PR:
http://www.labor.ny.gov/pressreleases/2015/may-27-2015-1.shtm
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"Answering your questions about endorsements"from the FTC's Business Blog:
https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/blogs/business-blog/2015/05/answering-your-questions-about-endorsements?utm_source=govdelivery
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IRS Revises "Transmittal Schedule – Form 5500-EZ Delinquent Filer Penalty Relief Program (Revenue Procedure 2015-32" (Rev 5/2015): http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f14704.pdf
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NYS DOL "State Labor Department Releases Preliminary April 2015 Area Unemployment Rates" per PR:  
http://www.labor.ny.gov/pressreleases/2015/may-27-2015.shtm
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"Summary of NLRB Decisions for Week of May 18 - 22, 2015" from the NLRB:  
http://www.nlrb.gov/cases-decisions/weekly-summaries-decisions/summary-nlrb-decisions-week-may-18-22-2015
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"Participants Need Better Information When Offered Lump Sums That Replace Their Lifetime Benefits" per GAO Report:  
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-15-74?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=gpi
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"Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims" per DOL NR: http://www.dol.gov/ui/data.pdf
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"SOI Tax Stats - SOI Bulletin: Spring 2015" from the IRS Website (summary, links, etc.) 
http://www.irs.gov/uac/SOI-Tax-Stats-SOI-Bulletin:-Spring-2015 
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Manufacturer "...settles hiring discrimination case with US Department of Labor" - involving $115 in backwages and over 100 applicants - per DOL NR: http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/ofccp/OFCCP20150641.htm
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"Fair and Safe Workplaces for Federal Contractors" from the DOL's Blog: 
http://blog.dol.gov/2015/05/27/fair-and-safe-workplaces-for-federal-contractors/
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"Sample Affirmative Action Programs (AAPs)" from the OFCCP:  http://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/AAPs/AAPs.htm
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"Challenges for Those Claiming Social Security Benefits Early and New Health Coverage Options" per GAO Report:  
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-311?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=gpi
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"Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch Delivers Remarks at Press Conference Announcing Charges Against Nine FIFA Officials and Five Corporate Executives" per DOJ PR:  http://www.justice.gov/opa/speech/attorney-general-loretta-e-lynch-delivers-remarks-press-conference-announcing-charges
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"Required Actions Were Not Always Completed Prior to Closing Defunct Corporation Cases As Currently Not Collectible" per TIGTA Report:  http://links.govdelivery.com/track?type=click&enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTUwNTI3LjQ1MzI3MjcxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE1MDUyNy40NTMyNzI3MSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE3NDcxNDU0JmVtYWlsaWQ9cm1vcnRvbkByb2dhbm1vcnRvbmxhdy5jb20mdXNlcmlkPXJtb3J0b25Acm9nYW5tb3J0b25sYXcuY29tJmZsPSZleHRyYT1NdWx0aXZhcmlhdGVJZD0mJiY=&&&100&&&http://www.treas.gov/tigta/auditreports/2015reports/201530028fr.html
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"Ten Facts That You Should Know about Capital Gains and Losses" from the IRS Tax Tips series: 
http://www.irs.gov/uac/Ten-Facts-That-You-Should-Know-about-Capital-Gains-and-Losses
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IRS Revises Publ 4345 Re "Settlements-Taxability" http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p4345.pdf
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New ACA FAQs Regarding "Limitations on Cost Sharing under the Affordable Care Act" and "Provider Non-Discrimination" (jointly issued by the DOL, Treasury, and HHS).  Easy to read: http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/faqs/faq-aca27.html
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"An unlikely commencement address" re marketing of education that claims to prepare students for employment in certain fields:  https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/blogs/business-blog/2015/05/unlikely-commencement-address?utm_source=govdelivery
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"What You Should Know: ABC's of the EEOC" from the EEOC http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/newsroom/wysk/abcs.cfm
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"Questions and Answers on Reporting of Offers of Health Insurance Coverage by Employers (Section 6056)" - Health Care Reform - from the IRS: http://www.irs.gov/Affordable-Care-Act/Employers/Questions-and-Answers-on-Reporting-of-Offers-of-Health-Insurance-Coverage-by-Employers-Section-6056
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Reminder -  "IRS Withholding Calculator" from the IRS Website: http://www.irs.gov/Individuals/IRS-Withholding-Calculator
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"Small Business Retirement Plan Penalty Relief Expires Soon" per reminder from the IRS (via an IRS Tax Tip):  http://www.irs.gov/uac/Small-Business-Retirement-Plan-Penalty-Relief-Expires-Soon
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"Cutting Corners Puts Farmworkers at Risk" per the DOL's Blog: http://blog.dol.gov/2015/05/21/cutting-corners-puts-farmworkers-at-risk-3/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=cutting-corners-puts-farmworkers-at-risk-3
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"Why I Stood Down for Fall Safety" per DOL Blog: http://blog.dol.gov/2015/05/21/why-i-stood-down-for-fall-safety/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=why-i-stood-down-for-fall-safety
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"Find out how ACA affects Employers with 50 or more Employees" per IRS Tax Health Care Tip:  
http://www.irs.gov/Affordable-Care-Act/Employers/Find-out-how-ACA-affects-Employers-with-50-or-more-Employees
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"Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report" per DOL NR:
http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/eta/eta20150996.pdf
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"Find out how ACA affects Employers with 50 or more Employees" per IRS Tax Health Care Tip 
http://www.irs.gov/Affordable-Care-Act/Employers/Find-out-how-ACA-affects-Employers-with-50-or-more-Employees
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"Public Comments Invited on Proposal to Close Des Moines NLRB Office"
http://www.nlrb.gov/news-outreach/news-story/public-comments-invited-proposal-close-des-moines-nlrb-office
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"3 dos, 3 don’ts, and 1 don’t-even-think-about-it" (re deceptive text messages sent by debt collectors and recent lawsuits): from the FTC's Blog https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/blogs/business-blog/2015/05/3-dos-3-donts-1-dont-even-think-about-it?utm_source=govdelivery
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"Better Service for Those Who Served" from the DOL Blog: https://blog.dol.gov/2015/05/20/better-service-for-those-who-served/
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"If the FTC comes to call" - from the FTC's Blog re FTC data security investigations and what to expect:
https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/blogs/business-blog/2015/05/if-ftc-comes-call?utm_source=govdelivery
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"The Integrated Enterprise Portal Is Operating As Designed; However, Increased Contract Oversight Is Necessary" per TIGTA Report: 
http://www.treasury.gov/tigta/auditreports/2015reports/201520033fr.html
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"FEDERAL EMPLOYEES' COMPENSATION ACT: Analysis of Benefits Associated with Proposed Program Changes" from the GAO (just b/c interesting): http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-15-604T?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=usgao
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"Summary of NLRB Decisions for Week of May 11 - 15, 2015" from the NLRB:
http://www.nlrb.gov/cases-decisions/weekly-summaries-decisions/summary-nlrb-decisions-week-may-11-15-2015
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"Former Alabama State Employee Sentenced to Prison for Stealing Identities Used to Request Over $7 Million in Tax Refunds" per DOJ PR
http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/former-alabama-state-employee-sentenced-prison-stealing-identities-used-request-over-7
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"Report to the Secretary of the Treasury from the Treasury Borrowing Advisory Committee of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association" per Treasury News Room:  http://www.treasury.gov/press-center/press-releases/Pages/jl10044.aspx
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"Speaking Up for Vulnerable AAPI Workers" per the DOL Blog:  http://blog.dol.gov/2015/05/18/speaking-up-for-vulnerable-aapi-workers/?
utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=speaking-up-for-vulnerable-aapi-workers
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"About (Over)time" per the DOL's Blog:  
http://blog.dol.gov/2015/05/18/about-overtime/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=about-overtime
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"FTC to wipes maker: Back up your claims, not buyers’ pipes" per the FTC business blog: https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/blogs/business-blog/2015/05/ftc-wipes-maker-back-your-claims-not-buyers-pipes?utm_source=govdelivery
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"Privacy promises and bankruptcy: The latest letter" From the FTC's Blog - re a company selling personally identifiable information: 
https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/blogs/business-blog/2015/05/privacy-promises-bankruptcy-latest-letter?utm_source=govdelivery
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IRS Updates Form SS-4 "Application for Employer Identification Number" (Rev 5/12/2015):  http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/fss4.pdf
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"IRS Marks National Military Appreciation Month; Free Tax Guide Focuses on Tax Benefits for Members of the Military" from the IRS - summaries, info, links, videos, etc.:  http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/IRS-Marks-National-Military-Appreciation-Month;-Free-Tax-Guide-Focuses-on-Tax-Benefits-for-Members-of-the-Military
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"Four Things You Need to Know About JOLTS" (Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey) per DOL's Blog:  http://blog.dol.gov/2015/05/14/four-things-you-need-to-know-about-jolts/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=four-things-you-need-to-know-about-jolts
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"H-2B 2015 Final Wage Rule Webinar Presentation" posted per DOL Announcement:  http://www.foreignlaborcert.doleta.gov/
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DOJ Sues Doctor who would not treat a patient with HIV:  http://www.ada.gov/asare_complaint.html
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"Improving Mental Health for Workers, This Month and Every Month" from the DOL's Blog:  
http://blog.dol.gov/2015/05/14/improving-mental-health-for-workers-this-month-and-every-month/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=improving-mental-health-for-workers-this-month-and-every-month
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"New ID theft recovery plan and a lend-a-hand plan for business" per FTC's Business Blog:  https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/blogs/business-blog/2015/05/new-id-theft-recovery-plan-lend-hand-plan-business?utm_source=govdelivery    
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"OSHA launches new alliance in Houston to protect workers from falls" per OSHA NR:  
https://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=NEWS_RELEASES&p_id=27963 #safety
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Staffing Co "...to Pay $800,000 to Settle Multiple EEOC Discrimination Claims" - EEOC Charged that Co "...Assigned Temporary Employees To Clients on the Basis of Sex"  http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/newsroom/release/5-11-15.cfm
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"Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims" per DOL News Release:  http://www.dol.gov/ui/data.pdf #unemployment
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"Shifty shades of gray" - Re 3 recent FTC cases concerning dietary supplements claiming to stop hair from turning gray...From the FTC's Business Blog:  https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/blogs/business-blog/2015/05/shifty-shades-gray?utm_source=govdelivery 
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"The Cost of Injuries" from the DOL's Blog: http://blog.dol.gov/2015/05/12/the-cost-of-injuries/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-cost-of-injuries
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IRS Notice 2015-39 regarding certain monthly interest rates: http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/n-15-39.pdf
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"Ensuring Access to Jobs for People with Disabilities" per DOJ Blog: http://www.justice.gov/opa/blog/ensuring-access-jobs-people-disabilities
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“Middle” management? FTC challenges menopausal weight loss claims" from the FTC's Business Blog
https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/blogs/business-blog/2015/05/middle-management-ftc-challenges-menopausal-weight-loss?utm_source=govdelivery
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"Governor Cuomo Announces Multi-Agency Enforcement Task Force to Tackle Abuse in the Nail Salon Industry" per NYS DOL PR: http://www.labor.ny.gov/pressreleases/2015/may-11-2015.shtm 
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FAQs re Preventive Services for "Affordable Care Act Implementation (Part XXVI)" - from Treasury, HHS, and DOL: http://www.cms.gov/CCIIO/Resources/Fact-Sheets-and-FAQs/Downloads/aca_implementation_faqs26.pdf
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"Five things you should know about the April employment numbers" per the DOL's OPA NR:  http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/opa/OPA20150840.htm
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"Summary of NLRB Decisions for Week of April 27 - May 1, 2015" from the NLRB: 
http://www.nlrb.gov/cases-decisions/weekly-summaries-decisions/summary-nlrb-decisions-week-april-27-may-1-2015
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"Affordable Care Act: Assessment of Internal Revenue Service Preparations To Ensure Compliance With Minimum Essential Coverage and Shared Responsibility Payment Requirements" per TIGTA Report: http://www.treasury.gov/tigta/auditreports/2015reports/201543030fr.html
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"DOL signs agreement with Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training to protect misclassified workers" per DOL WHD News Brief: http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/whd/WHD20150910.htm 
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"Massachusetts to receive $3M to help workers affected by layoffs" per DOL ETA News Brief:  http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/eta/ETA20150801.htm 
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"U.S. Attorney Hartunian, New York Attorney General Schneiderman & Comptroller DiNapoli Announce Guilty Pleas on State and Federal Charges by Former Assemblymember" per DOJ PR:  
http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/us-attorney-hartunian-new-york-attorney-general-schneiderman-comptroller-dinapoli-announce
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"...Drilling [Company] to Pay $14.5 Million to Settle Claims of Race / National Origin Discrimination" - "...Lawsuit Alleging Employer Tolerated Discrimination on Drilling Rigs, Punished Victims for Complaining" http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/newsroom/release/4-20-15.cfm 
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"Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims" from the DOL's NR: http://www.dol.gov/ui/data.pdf
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"Small Business Owners: Are You Helping Protect Your Employees’ Financial Security?" from DOL's Blog:  http://blog.dol.gov/2015/05/06/small-business-owners-are-you-helping-protect-your-employees-financial-security/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=small-business-owners-are-you-helping-protect-your-employees-financial-security
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EEOC Goes Digital (kinda) - "EEOC Takes First Steps in Digital Charge System" - "ACT Digital Pilot Program Allows Online Interaction With Employers" per EEOC PR:  http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/newsroom/release/5-6-15.cfm
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ACA Info from the IRS ... "How do I know if I am a small or large employer? Why does it matter?"  
http://www.irs.gov/Affordable-Care-Act/Employers #aca
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Latest "Employee Plans News" from IRS with changes to determination letter processing, etc.:  
http://www.irs.gov/Retirement-Plans/Employee-Plans-News
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"Rewarding Hard Work" re Jobs - from the DOL's Blog:  http://blog.dol.gov/2015/05/05/rewarding-hard-work/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=rewarding-hard-work 
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"Justice Department Reaches Settlements with Three Public Entities to Remove Barriers to Employment for People with Disabilities" per DOJ PR:  http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/justice-department-reaches-settlements-three-public-entities-remove-barriers-employment
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"May 5, 2015. DOL Extends the Comment Period for the H-2A Open Range Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to and including June 1,2015" per DOL NR:  http://www.foreignlaborcert.doleta.gov/
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"Undercover sweep helps ensure FROPer rule compliance" from the FTC's Business Blog:  https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/blogs/business-blog/2015/05/undercover-sweep-helps-ensure-froper-rule-compliance?utm_source=govdelivery
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"Billions of Dollars in Potentially Erroneous Education Credits Continue to Be Claimed for Ineligible Students and Institutions" per TIGTA Report:  http://www.treasury.gov/tigta/auditreports/2015reports/201540027fr.pdf
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"Hire Your First Employee" - steps and information from the Small Business Administration (for Small Business Week):  https://www.sba.gov/content/hire-your-first-employee
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Per DOL PR, "Record numbers of construction workers expected to get prevention message in 2015 National Fall Safety Stand-Down' http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/osha/OSHA20150846.htm
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National Small Business Week is May 4 - 8, 2015 - see SBA website for information, links, activities, etc.  http://www.sba.gov/nsbw/
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"Summary of NLRB Decisions for Week of April 20 - 24, 2015" from the NLRB:  http://www.nlrb.gov/cases-decisions/weekly-summaries-decisions/summary-nlrb-decisions-week-april-20-24-2015 #union #labor #nlrb
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"Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims" per DOL NR:  http://www.dol.gov/ui/data.pdf #unemployment
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"$150M available to states to strengthen and expand innovative job training and reemployment strategies for laid-off workers" per DOL NR:  http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/eta/ETA20150794.htm
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"ACA: Improvements Needed To Ensure Compliance With Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Fee" per TIGTA Report:  http://www.treasury.gov/tigta/auditreports/2015reports/201533019fr.pdf #PCORI #aca
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"New rules for the H-2B visa program announced by the US Departments of Labor and Homeland Security" per DOL NR (includes links):  http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/eta/ETA20150772.htm
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Car "...Dealership Sued by EEOC for Disability Discrimination" - EEOC Alleged that "Saleswoman Discharged Due to Multiple Sclerosis..." http://eeoc.gov/eeoc/newsroom/release/4-28-15.cfm
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"Using consumer health data: Some considerations for companies" from the FTC's Business Blog:    https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/blogs/business-blog/2015/04/using-consumer-health-data-some-considerations-companies?utm_source=govdelivery 
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Re-post, EEOC Informal Discussion Letter "Title VII/Conviction Policy/Prison Inmate" 2/6/2015:  http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/foia/letters/2015/title_vii_conviction_policy_2_6.html
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"Social Security Announces Vision 2025, a Long-Range Service Delivery Vision" from the SSA:  http://www.socialsecurity.gov/news/#!/post/4-2015-8
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For Small Biz Week - "Small Business and Self-Employed Tax Center" from the IRS;  
http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Small-Business-and-Self-Employed-Tax-Center-1
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Now the FTC is getting involved... "Using consumer health data?" from the FTC's Business Center Blog:  
https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/blogs/business-blog/2015/04/using-consumer-health-data?utm_source=govdelivery
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"Employers: Don’t Overlook the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit" per the IRS Tax Tips Series:  
http://www.irs.gov/uac/Employers-Dont-Overlook-the-Small-Business-Health-Care-Tax-Credit
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"Battling a Damaging Workplace Trend" from the DOL's Blog re employee misclassification:  
https://blog.dol.gov/2015/04/23/battling-a-damaging-workplace-trend/
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"Destination: Buffalo" re Debt Collectors in Buffalo NY from the FTC's Business Blog:  
https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/blogs/business-blog/2015/04/destination-buffalo?utm_source=govdelivery
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"Summary of NLRB Decisions for Week of April 13 - 17, 2015" from the NLRB:  http://www.nlrb.gov/cases-decisions/weekly-summaries-decisions/summary-nlrb-decisions-week-april-13-17-2015 
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"FACT SHEET: Administration Announces New Commitments in Support of President Obama’s Upskill Initiative to Empower Workers with Education and Training" https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/04/24/fact-sheet-administration-announces-new-commitments-support-president-ob 
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"New ‘Digest of EEO Law’ Issued by EEOC" - "Latest Quarterly Edition Includes Selected Notable 2014 Decisions" per the EEOC:  http://eeoc.gov/eeoc/newsroom/release/4-23-15a.cfm #eeoc #eeolaw
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"Getting innovative? Keep your promises" from the FTC's Business Blog re Device Tracking Technologies:  https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/blogs/business-blog/2015/04/getting-innovative-keep-your-promises?utm_source=govdelivery
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"Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims" per DOL NR:  http://www.dol.gov/ui/data.pdf
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Drilling Company "...to Pay $400,000 to Settle EEOC Systemic Sex Discrimination Suit" - EEOC Charged that the "[c]ompany Refused to Hire Any Women..." http://eeoc.gov/eeoc/newsroom/release/4-22-15a.cfm
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"US Labor Department obtains consent judgment restoring more than $257,000 to the shared savings plan of Sterling, Va., software development company " per DOL NR:  http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/newsroom/newsbriefs/15-637-PHI.html
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"State Labor Department Releases Preliminary March 2015 Area Unemployment Rates" per NYS DOL PR:  http://www.labor.ny.gov/pressreleases/2015/april-21-2015.shtm
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"DOL brings traveling resource center to Newport News to inform current and former nuclear weapons workers about benefits" per DOL NR:  http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/OWCP/OWCP20150690.htm
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Tips on Tips" Per IRS Publ 3144 (revised 3/2015);  http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p3144.pdf
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OFCCP VEVRAA National Annual Benchmark - 7 Percent http://www.dol-esa.gov/errd/VEVRAA.jsp #affirmativeaction #vevraa
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"Understanding reporting requirements of the health care law" IRS Publ 5215:  http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f5215.pdf
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"Governor Cuomo Announces More Than 115,000 Positions Available On Jobs Express Website" per NYS DOL PR:  http://www.labor.ny.gov/pressreleases/2015/april-20-2015.shtm
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"Summary of NLRB Decisions for Week of April 6 - 10, 2015" from the NLRB: 
http://www.nlrb.gov/cases-decisions/weekly-summaries-decisions/summary-nlrb-decisions-week-april-6-10-2015
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"H-2B Processing Continuing" per Announcement from the DOL's ETA:  http://www.foreignlaborcert.doleta.gov/
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"Take Steps to Increase Your Financial Security" from the DOL's Blog:  
https://blog.dol.gov/2015/04/16/take-steps-to-increase-your-financial-security/
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"EEOC Issues Proposed Rule on Application of the ADA to Employer Wellness Programs" - "Proposed Rule Would Permit Incentives, Emphasize Confidentiality" per EEOC PR:  http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/newsroom/release/4-16-15.cfm
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New ACA Wellness FAQs - "FAQs about Affordable Care Act Implementation (Part XXV)" re "reasonably designed" and compliance with other laws"  
http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/faqs/faq-aca25.html 
And 
EBSA Workplace Wellness Research Report entitled "Workplace Wellness Programs" - "Services Offered, Participation, and Incentives"  
http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/pdf/WellnessStudyFinal.pdf
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"Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims" per DOL NR: http://www.dol.gov/ui/data.pdf #unemployment
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"Treasury International Capital Data For February" from the US Treasury per PR: 
http://www.treasury.gov/press-center/press-releases/Pages/jl10023.aspx
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OFLC Posts updated factsheets for 2015 Q2 "...selected statistics for the Permanent Labor Certification Program, Prevailing Wage Determination Program, H-1B Temporary Visa Program, H-2A Temporary Agricultural Visa Program, and H-2B Temporary Non-agricultural Visa Program" http://www.foreignlaborcert.doleta.gov/performancedata.cfm#stat 
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"Social Security to Rescind Practice of Applying the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) to Receipt of National Institute of Israel (NII) Old-Age Benefits" per SSA NR:  http://www.socialsecurity.gov/news/#!/post/4-2015-1
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"Protect Workers from the No. 1 Cause of Workplace Deaths" from DOL's Blog: http://blog.dol.gov/2015/04/14/protect-workers-from-the-no-1-cause-of-workplace-deaths/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=protect-workers-from-the-no-1-cause-of-workplace-deaths
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"IRS Issues the Top 10 Tax Time Tips" per IRS Tax Tips:  http://www.irs.gov/uac/IRS-Issues-the-Top-10-Tax-Time-Tips
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"OSHA seeks comment on better protections for communication tower workers" per OSHA NR:  
http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/osha/OSHA20150629.htm
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New Information Posted on DOL/EBSA’s “Conflicts of Interest Proposed Rule” Webpage:  http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/regs/conflictsofinterest.html
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IRS Releases Notice 2015-33 "Determination of Housing Cost Amounts Eligible for Exclusion or Deduction for 2015" http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/n-15-33.pdf
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NLRB's E-File page - "Welcome to NLRB E-File"  https://apps.nlrb.gov/eservice/efileterm.aspx
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"What You Should Know about the EEOC and Religious Discrimination" from the EEOC's series:  
http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/newsroom/wysk/religious_discrimination.cfm
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"How Strategic Enforcement Fuels Compliance with Labor Laws" per the US DOL's Blog 
http://blog.dol.gov/2015/04/13/how-strategic-enforcement-fuels-compliance-with-labor-laws/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=how-strategic-enforcement-fuels-compliance-with-labor-laws
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"IRS Reminds Taxpayers about the Tax Provisions of the Health Care Law" per IRS Health Care Tax Tip:  
http://www.irs.gov/Affordable-Care-Act/IRS-Reminds-Taxpayers-about-the-Tax-Provisions-of-the-Health-Care-Law  
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"Reducing the risk: 7 steps for securing sensitive debt data" from the FTC's Business Center Blog:  
https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/blogs/business-blog/2015/04/reducing-risk-7-steps-securing-sensitive-debt-data?utm_source=govdelivery
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"Understanding Your Retirement Plan Fees" - publications, video, FAQs, rules, charts, links, etc. 
http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/publications/understandingretirementfees.html
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"Look Who’s Talking: A ‘New’ Conventional Wisdom on Labor" from the DOL's Blog:  
http://blog.dol.gov/2015/04/10/look-whos-talking-a-new-conventional-wisdom-on-labor/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=look-whos-talking-a-new-conventional-wisdom-on-labor
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"EEOC to Hold Meeting April 15 at Miami Dade College" - "EEOC at 50: Confronting Racial and Ethnic Discrimination in the 21st Century Workplace" per EEOC PR:  http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/newsroom/release/4-6-15.cfm
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"Summary of NLRB Decisions for Week of March 30 - April 3, 2015" from the NLRB:   
http://www.nlrb.gov/cases-decisions/weekly-summaries-decisions/summary-nlrb-decisions-week-march-30-april-3-2015
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"Affiliation Explication" from the FTC's Business Blog re Affiliation Marketing:  
https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/blogs/business-blog/2015/04/affiliation-explication?utm_source=govdelivery
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"Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims" per DOL NR:  http://www.dol.gov/ui/data.pdf #unemployment
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DOL's "Wage and Hour Division (WHD)" - "Field Operations Handbook (FOH)" - http://www.dol.gov/whd/FOH/index.htm
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"Teacher’s Union Negotiator Sentenced For Fraud" per PR from USAO for WDNY:  
http://www.justice.gov/usao-wdny/pr/teacher-s-union-negotiator-sentenced-fraud
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"US Labor Department secures payment to, appointment of independent fiduciary for abandoned Holden, Mass., Simple IRA Plan" per EBSA NB:  http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/newsroom/newsbriefs/15-548-BOS.html
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"Summary of NLRB Decisions for Week of March 23 - 27, 2015" from the NLRB:  
http://www.nlrb.gov/cases-decisions/weekly-summaries-decisions/summary-nlrb-decisions-week-march-23-27-2015 #nlrb #union #labor
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"Fiduciaries to restore $485K to Bridgeport, Connecticut, retirement plan" per EBSA NB:  http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/newsroom/newsbriefs/15-545-BOS.html
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"Same time next year" From the FTC Business Blog Re Employers and the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework 
https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/blogs/business-blog/2015/04/same-time-next-year?utm_source=govdelivery
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SSA "Notice of a renewal of an existing computer matching program that will expire on May 10, 2015" in Today's Fed Reg:  
http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-07/pdf/2015-07843.pdf #ssa
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"YouthBuild grants totaling $76M available to help at-risk youth complete education, develop job and leadership skills" per DOL NR:  
http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/eta/ETA20150568.htm
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NLRB GC "Guidance Memorandum on Representation Case Procedure Changes" effective 4/14/2015:  
http://apps.nlrb.gov/link/document.aspx/09031d4581ba6691
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"Facts About Women and the Minimum Wage" from the US DOL Blog:  http://blog.dol.gov/2015/03/19/facts-about-women-and-the-minimum-wage/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=facts-about-women-and-the-minimum-wage
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"Justice Department Reaches Settlement with edX Inc., Provider of Massive Open Online Courses, to Make its Website, Online Platform and Mobile Applications Accessible Under the Americans with Disabilities Act" per DOJ PR:  
http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/justice-department-reaches-settlement-edx-inc-provider-massive-open-online-courses-make-its
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"Don’t worry. We won’t tell the boss" - Background Check info for Employers per the FTC's Blog:  
https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/blogs/business-blog/2015/04/dont-worry-we-wont-tell-boss?utm_source=govdelivery
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"Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims" per DOL NR:  http://www.dol.gov/ui/data.pdf #unemployment
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"Governor Cuomo Announces Highlights from the Passage of the 2015-16 State Budget" 
https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-announces-highlights-passage-2015-16-state-budget
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"Processes Are Needed to Link Third-Party Payers and Employers To Reduce Risks Related to Employment Tax Fraud" per TIGTA Report:  http://www.treasury.gov/tigta/auditreports/2015reports/201540023fr.pdf
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"Reportable Events and Notice of Failure to Make Required Contributions forms and instructions" from the PBGC:  
http://www.pbgc.gov/prac/whatsnew.html?cid=COLA01AEAPR0120151&source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery
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"Still Time to Make Your IRA Contribution for the 2014 Tax Year " per the IRS: 
http://www.irs.gov/uac/Still-Time-to-Make-Your-IRA-Contribution-for-the-2014-Tax-Year
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"Women in the Past, Present and Future of Labor" per DOL Blog
http://blog.dol.gov/2015/03/30/women-in-the-past-present-and-future-of-labor/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=women-in-the-past-present-and-future-of-labor
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More ACA SBC FAQs "FAQs about Affordable Care Act Implementation (Part XXIV)" http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/faqs/faq-aca24.html enjoy!
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Repost - "Title VII/Conviction Policy/Prison Inmate" per EEOC Information Letter 2/2015:  
http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/foia/letters/2015/title_vii_conviction_policy_2_6.html
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"EEOC to Hold Twitter Chat on Implementation of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act" 
http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/newsroom/release/3-26-15.cfm
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"Summary of NLRB Decisions for Week of March 16 - 20, 2015" from the NLRB:  http://www.nlrb.gov/cases-decisions/weekly-summaries-
decisions/summary-nlrb-decisions-week-march-16-20-2015 #nlrb #union #labor
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"The Federal Coal Mine Health and Safety Act Turns 45" per DOL Blog:  http://blog.dol.gov/2015/03/26/the-federal-coal-mine-health-and-safety-act-turns-45/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-federal-coal-mine-health-and-safety-act-turns-45
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"Testimony of Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez Before Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Committee on Appropriations, United States Senate" per DOL:  http://www.dol.gov/_sec/media/congress/20150326_Perez.htm
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Form 941-X "Adjusted Employer's Quarterly Federal Tax Return or Claim for Refund" Revised 04/2015 Released by IRS:  http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f941x.pdf
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"Mergers and privacy promises" per the FCT's Business Blog:  
https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/blogs/business-blog/2015/03/mergers-privacy-promises?utm_source=govdelivery
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"Hackensack Collections Firm Sued by EEOC for Pregnancy Discrimination" per EEOC PR:  http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/newsroom/release/3-23-15.cfm
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"$27M in grants to help incarcerated individuals in prison work-release find stable jobs, strengthen underserved communities" per DOL NR:  http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/eta/ETA20150498.htm
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Per the US DOL "See Our Data. Discover our API. Grab our Code." http://developer.dol.gov/
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"Welcome to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Coverage and Employment Status Advisor" from the DOL (note other agencies use different standards):  http://www.dol.gov/elaws/esa/flsa/scope/screen9.asp 
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"BCP’s Office of Technology Research and Investigation: The next generation in consumer protection" per the FTC's Business Blog;  
https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/blogs/business-blog/2015/03/bcps-office-technology-research-investigation-next?utm_source=govdelivery
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"EEOC Sends Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on ADA and Wellness Programs to OMB for Clearance" per EEOC PR:  
http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/newsroom/release/3-20-15.cfm
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"Statement from a Treasury Spokesperson on Forms 1095-A" (re incorrect information, amended returns, etc. ) per US Treasury PR:  
http://www.treasury.gov/press-center/press-releases/Pages/jl10005.aspx
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US DOL Settles with Bank (84 million) - "Bank deceived retirement plans about foreign currency exchange rates" per DOL PR:  
http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/ebsa/EBSA20150152.htm
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"Women Veterans Resources Directory" from the US DOL's Women's Bureau: http://www.dol.gov/wb/media/women_veterans_resource_directory.pdf
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"FAQs regarding Temporary Stay of the Court's Vacatur of 2008 Final Rule" per DOL Announcement:  http://www.foreignlaborcert.doleta.gov/
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"FTC to BMW: Don’t MINImize Mag-Moss warranty compliance" per FTC Business Blog:  https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/blogs/business-
blog/2015/03/ftc-bmw-dont-minimize-mag-moss-warranty-compliance?utm_source=govdelivery 
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"Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services Announce Over $27.8 Billion in Returns from Joint Efforts to Combat Health Care Fraud" per DOJ PR:  
http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/departments-justice-and-health-and-human-services-announce-over-278-billion-returns-joint 
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"Prohibition of DOL H-2B Processing Temporarily Lifted" per announcement from the DOL's OFLC:  http://www.foreignlaborcert.doleta.gov/
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"Summary of NLRB Decisions for Week of March 9 - 13, 2015" http://www.nlrb.gov/cases-decisions/weekly-summaries-decisions/summary-nlrb-decisions-week-march-9-13-2015
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"Making tracks? FTC announces workshop on cross-device tracking" per FTC's Business Blog:  https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/blogs/business-blog/2015/03/making-tracks-ftc-announces-workshop-cross-device-tracking?utm_source=govdelivery
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"New York State Department of Labor Announces $15,850 Recovered for 30 Drivers in Syracuse Bus Company Wage Underpayment Case" - "Investigation Stemmed from Notification by SEIU Local 200" per NYS DOL PR:  
http://www.labor.ny.gov/pressreleases/2015/march-12-2015-1.shtm
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"A Dispatch from the Front Lines of Innovation" from the DOL's Blog: http://blog.dol.gov/2015/03/17/a-dispatch-from-the-front-lines-of-innovation/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=a-dispatch-from-the-front-lines-of-innovation
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"An Income Inequality Snapshot: Wall Street Bonuses and the Minimum Wage" per DOL Blog:  http://blog.dol.gov/2015/03/17/an-income-inequality-snapshot-wall-street-bonuses-and-the-minimum-wage/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=an-income-inequality-snapshot-wall-street-bonuses-and-the-minimum-wage
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"Testimony of Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez Before the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies, Committee on Appropriations, United House of Representatives" per DOL NR: http://www.dol.gov/_sec/media/congress/20150317_Perez.htm
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EBSA Final Rule on Excepted Benefits:  https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2015-06066.pdf
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"Obama administration publishes final rule on excepted benefits" per DOL NR: http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/newsroom/2015/15-444-NAT.html
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"The 10 Fastest Growing Jobs" from the US DOL Blog: http://blog.dol.gov/2015/03/15/the-10-fastest-growing-jobs/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-10-fastest-growing-jobs
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"Direct Final Rule and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeks to modernize document and info transmission of Longshore claims" per DOL NR:  http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/OWCP/OWCP20150419.htm
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A Dispatch from Berlin: Protecting Workers in Supply Chains" from the DOL's blog: 
http://blog.dol.gov/2015/03/11/a-dispatch-from-berlin-protecting-workers-in-supply-chains/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=a-dispatch-from-berlin-protecting-workers-in-supply-chains
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"Summary of NLRB Decisions for Week of March 2 - 6, 2015" from the NLRB: 
http://www.nlrb.gov/cases-decisions/weekly-summaries-decisions/summary-nlrb-decisions-week-march-2-6-2015
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"PBGC Study: Multiemployer Guarantee Will Cover a Smaller Share of Benefits in Future Plan Failures" per PBGC PR:  
http://www.pbgc.gov/news/press/releases/pr15-03.html?cid=COLA01ACMAR1120151&source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery
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"Getting Young People on the Path to Financial Success" from the DOL's Blog http://blog.dol.gov/2015/03/10/getting-young-people-on-the-path-to-financial-success/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=getting-young-people-on-the-path-to-financial-success
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US DOL YouTube video re "Completing WD-10"  - report of construction contractor's wage rates:  
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CxKlkIjLIwA&feature=youtube_gdata 
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"Protecting our Testifying Workers" from the DOL's Blog (re OSHA witnesses): http://blog.dol.gov/2015/03/10/protecting-our-testifying-workers/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=protecting-our-testifying-workers
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"President Obama launches new TechHire initiative" - "...announces multi-sector effort and call to action to give Americans pathways to well-paying technology jobs; makes available $100M in grants" per DOL NR: http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/opa/OPA20150401.htm
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PBGC 2015 "Premium Payment Instructions & Addresses" 
http://pbgc.gov/prac/prem/premium-payment-instructions-and-addresses.html?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery
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"Disability insurance plans: trends in employee access and employer costs" per BLS:  http://www.bls.gov/opub/btn/volume-4/disability-insurance-plans.htm
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"Encouraging Signs in Latest Jobs Numbers" per DOL Blog: http://blog.dol.gov/2015/03/06/encouraging-signs-in-latest-jobs-numbers/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=encouraging-signs-in-latest-jobs-numbers
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"Statement of US Labor Secretary Perez on February employment" per DOL NR: http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/opa/opa20150358.htm 
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"Three Defendants Charged with One of the Largest Reported Data Breaches in U.S. History" per DOJ PR:  http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/three-defendants-charged-one-largest-reported-data-breaches-us-history
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NLRB Summary of Decisions for February 23-27, 2015 
http://www.nlrb.gov/cases-decisions/weekly-summaries-decisions/summarynlrb-decisions-week-february-23-27-2015
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"The Costs of Failing to Protect Workers on the Job" From OSHA:  OSHA Report: http://www.dol.gov/osha/report/20150304-inequality.pdf
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"One Year of MBK: We All Succeed When We All Succeed" per the DOL's Blog:  http://blog.dol.gov/2015/03/05/one-year-of-mbk-we-all-succeed-when-we-all-succeed/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=one-year-of-mbk-we-all-succeed-when-we-all-succeed
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"Letter from Inspector General Horowitz to Congressional Appropriations Committees Regarding Access to Information" per DOJ:  
http://www.justice.gov/oig/press/2015/2015-03-04.pdf 
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"Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims" Per DOL NR:  http://www.dol.gov/ui/data.pdf
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"Insult to Injury: Is income inequality tied to worker safety?" per DOL Blog:  http://blog.dol.gov/2015/03/04/insult-to-injury-is-income-inequality-tied-to-worker-safety/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=insult-to-injury-is-income-inequality-tied-to-worker-safety #incomeinequality 
#safety
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"Regional and State Unemployment - 2014 ANNUAL AVERAGES" from BLS:  http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/srgune.pdf
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"IRS’s Top Ten Identity Theft Prosecutions; Part of Ongoing Efforts to Protect Taxpayers, Prevent Refund Fraud" per IRS Tax Tip;  
http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/IRS%E2%80%99s-Top-Ten-Identity-Theft-Prosecutions
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EEOC Informal Discussion Letter Re "ADEA/Medicare Eligibility" http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/foia/letters/2014/adea_medicare_eligibility_12_22.html
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IRS Releases Revised Publ 4587 "Payroll Deduction IRAs for Small Businesses" (Rev 10/2014 - posted 3/2/2015):  http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p4587.pdf
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DOJ Civil Rights Findings - "Justice Department Finds a Pattern of Civil Rights Violations by the Ferguson Police Department" per DOJ PR:  http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/justice-department-announces-findings-two-civil-rights-investigations-ferguson-missouri
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"Claiming a Tax Deduction for Medical and Dental Expenses"j per IRS Tax Tips:  
http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/Claiming-a-Tax-Deduction-for-Medical-and-Dental-Expenses #medicalexpenses #taxes
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"Cruisin’ for a TSR violation" from the FTC's Business Blog:  http://www.ftc.gov/news-events/blogs/business-blog/2015/03/cruisin-tsr-violation?utm_source=govdelivery #ftc #TSR
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NYS Gov Cuomo launches webpage to "Take Action to Raise the Minimum Wage" in NYS:  https://www.ny.gov/programs/fight-fair-pay #minimumwage
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IRS Releases "Safe Harbor Method for Determining a Wagering Gain or Loss from Slot Machine Play" 
http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/n-15-21.pdf
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DOJ and EEOC "...Sign Memorandum of Understanding to Further the Goals of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 in Prohibiting Employment Discrimination in State and Local Governments" http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/justice-department-and-equal-employment-opportunity-commission-sign-memorandum-understanding 
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"Limo Drivers Taken for a Ride of Their Own" on pay practices - per DOL Blog:  
https://blog.dol.gov/2015/03/03/limo-drivers-taken-for-a-ride-of-their-own/
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"A New Suite of FOIA Training Resources for all Federal Employees" per DOJ PR:  
http://www.justice.gov/oip/blog/new-suite-foia-training-resources-all-federal-employees
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Testimony Before Appropriations Comm - "Review of the President’s Fiscal Year 2016 Funding Request for the Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service" http://www.treasury.gov/tigta/congress/congress_03032015.pdf
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"IRS’s Top Ten Identity Theft Prosecutions; Part of Ongoing Efforts to Protect Taxpayers, Prevent Refund Fraud" per the IRS - summary, videos, links, etc.:  http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/IRS%e2%80%99s-Top-Ten-Identity-Theft-Prosecutions
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DOJ Announces that "Americans with Disabilities Act Discrimination Complaint Form" May Now be Completed Electronically With Reference Number (link to form): http://www.ada.gov/complaint/ #ada #doj
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US DOL "Employment and Training Administration Office of Foreign Labor Certification Frequently Asked Questions H-2B Program – Employer-Provided Surveys" http://www.foreignlaborcert.doleta.gov/pdf/cata_perez.pdf
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"Five Key Facts about Unemployment Benefits" from the IRS Tax Tips:  
http://www.irs.gov/uac/Five-Key-Facts-about-Unemployment-Benefits #unemploiyment
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"Statement of US Labor Secretary Perez about Sen. Mikulski's retirement" per DOL NR:  http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/opa/OPA20150339.htm 
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"Fulfilling a Promise to Help Tribal Communities" from the DOL Blog:  
https://blog.dol.gov/2015/02/26/fulfilling-a-promise-to-help-tribal-communities/
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"FMLA Updated for a Modern Family" per the DOL's Blog:  http://blog.dol.gov/2015/02/23/fmla-updated-for-a-modern-family/
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"What You Need to Know About Women and Work During Black History Month" per the DOL's Blog:  
https://blog.dol.gov/2015/02/27/know-about-women-and-work-during-black-history-month/
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"What You Need to Know About Women and Work During Black History Month" per DOL Blog:  
http://blog.dol.gov/2015/02/27/know-about-women-and-work-during-black-history-month/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=know-about-women-and-work-during-black-history-month
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"Joint Statement By the Department of Justice and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence on the Declassification of Renewal of Collection Under Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act" per DOJ PR:  
http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/joint-statement-department-justice-and-office-director-national-intelligence-declassification
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"OSHA Workers’ Rights" Video on YouTube - from the US DOL:  
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjnWMQeufI0&feature=youtube_gdata
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"Nancy Wilson Named Regional Director of NLRB’s Pittsburgh Office" per NLRB PR:  http://www.nlrb.gov/
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"Net Neutrality" - "President Obama's Plan for a Free and Open Internet" from the White House Web Page (info, timeline, etc.):  
http://www.whitehouse.gov/net-neutrality?utm_source=email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=email440-text1&utm_campaign=netneutrality
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"FTC and NY AG Team Up Against Abusive Buffalo Debt Collectors" per FTC Blog:  http://www.ftc.gov/news-events/blogs/business-blog/2015/02/ftc-ny-ag-team-against-abusive-buffalo-debt-collectors?utm_source=govdelivery
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"New York State Division of Human Rights Eliminates Decades-Long Backlog of Aged Cases"  http://www.dhr.ny.gov/sites/default/files/pdf/nysdhr-release-11-10-2014.pdf
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"Washington State Business Owner Convicted of Failing to Pay Employment Taxes" per DOJ PR:  http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/washington-state-business-owner-convicted-failing-pay-employment-taxes
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IRS Brochure "Understanding Employer Reporting Requirements of the Health Care Law (Brochure)' Publ 5196 (Rev 2/2015):  
http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p5196.pdf
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Order of Acting Commissioner of Labor Mario J. Musolino on the Report and Recommendations of the 2014 Hospitality Wage Board:  
http://labor.ny.gov/workerprotection/laborstandards/pdfs/wage_board_order.pdf 
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"2015 ERISA Advisory Council to hold first meeting March 20" per DOL NR:  http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/ebsa/EBSA20150286.htm
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"MSHA adds two new tools to help track violations" - "Online enhancements will boost compliance with critical health and safety standards" per DOL NR:  http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/msha/MSHA20150309.htm #msha #compliance
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"Letter from Inspector General Horowitz to Congressional Appropriations Committees Regarding Access to Information" per OIG:  
http://www.justice.gov/oig/press/2015/2015-02-25.pdf 
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"Location, location, location" - Blog by the FTC Regarding Apps that Use a Users Location and proper practices:  
http://www.ftc.gov/news-events/blogs/business-blog/2015/02/location-location-location?utm_source=govdelivery
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Furniture Retailer "...faces $1.76M in fines after OSHA finds  more than 1,000 worker injuries at Wisconsin site in past 36 months" 
http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/osha/OSHA20150133.htm
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"Fiscal year 2016 budget invests in job training, working families" per DOL PR:  http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/opa/OPA20150173.htm
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"Health Care Law Affects 2014 Tax Returns - Tax Help Available" per IRS Tax Tips:  
http://www.irs.gov/Affordable-Care-Act/Individuals-and-Families/Health-Care-Law-Affects-2014-Tax-Returns-Tax-Help-Available
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"Los Angeles-Area Executive Arrested in $9 Million Bank Fraud Scheme" per DOJ PR:  http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/los-angeles-area-executive-
arrested-9-million-bank-fraud-scheme
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"February 23, 2015. Federal Register Notice Announcing the 2015 Allowable Charges for Agricultural Workers' Meals and Travel Subsistence Reimbursement, Including Lodging for the H-2A Program" re H-2A workers per DOL OFLC:  
http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-02-23/pdf/2015-03596.pdf & http://www.foreignlaborcert.doleta.gov/
DOL Notice in Fed Reg Announcing 2014 allowable charges applicable to employers seeking H-2A workers and what the employer may charge the workers when the employer provides certain items (there is also a reminder re overnight lodging costs):  e 
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"Frequently Asked Questions: FMLA Final Rule" from the US DOL:  http://www.dol.gov/whd/fmla/spouse/faq.htm
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"IRS Warns Tax Preparers to Watch out for New Phishing Scam; Don’t Click on Strange Emails or Links Seeking Updated Information" per IRS IR 2015-31:  http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/IRS-Warns-Tax-Preparers-to-Watch-out-for-New-Phishing-Scam
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IRS Publ 17 Re "Your Federal Income Tax (For Individuals)" for 2014 Tax Year - now available via ebook on IRS Webpage "IRS Tax Publication eBooks" http://www.irs.gov/Forms-&-Pubs/eBooks
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US DOL "Fact Sheet:  Final Rule to Amend the Definition of Spouse in the Family and Medical Leave Act Regulations" 
http://www.dol.gov/whd/fmla/spouse/factsheet.pdf
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"What You Need to Know about Retirement "Conflicts of Interest," in Three Big Sentences" per The White House Blog:  
http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2015/02/23/what-you-need-know-about-retirement-conflicts-interest-three-big-sentences?
utm_source=email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=email438-text1&utm_campaign=economy
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US Labor Department updates Family and Medical Leave Act’s definition of spouse.  Links to Rule, Fact Sheet, FAQs and PR:  
http://www.dol.gov/whd/fmla/spouse/
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"Scientific substantiation: Take the right “app”roach" per the FTC's Business Blog:  http://www.ftc.gov/news-events/blogs/business-
blog/2015/02/scientific-substantiation-take-right-approach?utm_source=govdelivery
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"PBGC Celebrates America Saves Week" per "Retirement Matters" post http://www.pbgc.gov/about/who-we-are/retirement-
matters/post/2015/02/23/PBGC-Celebrates-America-Saves-Week.aspx?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery
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IRS "Tax Calendar for Businesses & Self-Employed" http://www.tax.gov/calendar/
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“Did you ever get to see an elephant in the wild before they became extinct?”" per DOJ blog:  http://www.justice.gov/opa/blog/implementation-plan-national-strategy
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"The Coffee Shop that Canned the Tip Jar" from the DOL's Blog:  http://blog.dol.gov/2015/02/21/the-coffee-shop-that-canned-the-tip-jar/?
utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-coffee-shop-that-canned-the-tip-jar
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"Atlantic City casino workers to get nearly $30M in DOL employment assistance" - "Emergency grants for up to 4,000 workers hit by recent casino closures" per DOL NR:  http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/eta/ETA20150047.htm
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"What You Should Know if You Get Tipped at Work" from the IRS Tax Tips:  
http://www.irs.gov/uac/What-You-Should-Know-if-You-Get-Tipped-at-Work
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"ADEA/Medicare Eligibility" per EEOC Informal Discussion Letters:  
http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/foia/letters/2014/adea_medicare_eligibility_12_22.html #adea #medicare
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"Paid leave is Good for Business" from the DOL's Blog:  http://blog.dol.gov/2014/12/19/paid-leave-is-good-for-business/
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HHS/CMS "FINAL 2016 Letter to Issuers in the Federally-facilitated Marketplaces" 
http://www.cms.gov/CCIIO/Resources/Regulations-and-Guidance/Downloads/2016_Letter_to_Issuers_2_20_2015.pdf
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""The President’s Science Advisor Answers Your Climate Questions" per the office of S&T Policy:  
http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2015/02/09/president-s-science-advisor-answers-your-climate-questions?
utm_source=email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=email433-text1&utm_campaign=climate
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"Significant Provisions of State Unemployment Insurance Laws Effective January 2015" now in ETA Database:  
http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/corr_doc.cfm?docn=6809 #unemployment
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"Summary of NLRB Decisions for Week of February 9 - 13, 2015" from the NLRB:  
http://www.nlrb.gov/cases-decisions/weekly-summaries-decisions/summary-nlrb-decisions-week-february-9-13-2015
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"First - Time Mothers at Work" - "Now and Then: How first-time mothers have changed their employment and leave patterns" graphic from the DOL:  http://www.dol.gov/wb/First-Time_Mothers_final_508.pdf
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"Law and Orders" from the FTC Blog - Re Consequences of Not Following an FTC Order:  
http://www.ftc.gov/news-events/blogs/business-blog/2015/02/law-orders?utm_source=govdelivery
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"10 Things You Should Know about Social Security Benefits" per the "Disability Connection Newsletter – February 2015" 
https://www.disability.gov/disability-connection-february-2015/
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"Tax ID theft awareness: Tips for tax preparers bear (p)repeating" From the FTC's Blog:  http://www.ftc.gov/news-events/blogs/business-
blog/2015/01/tax-id-theft-awareness-tips-tax-preparers-bear-prepeating?utm_source=govdelivery
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"National Taxpayer Advocate Delivers Annual Report to Congress; Focuses on Taxpayer Service and Taxpayer Bill of Rights" per IRS newsroom:  http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/National-Taxpayer-Advocate-Delivers-Annual-Report-to-Congress;-Focuses-on-Taxpayer-Service-and-Taxpayer-Bill-of-Rights
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"Funding Opportunity Announcement: American Apprenticeship Initiative Grants" added to ETA database:  
http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/corr_doc.cfm?DOCN=8123    
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"Family and Medical Leave Act Employee Guide" from the DOL's Wage and Hour Division:  http://www.dol.gov/whd/fmla/employeeguide.htm
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Information Links Regarding the EEOC's "LEAD (Leadership for the Employment of Americans with Disabilities" Initiative - per the EEOC Web Site:  http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/initiatives/lead/index.cfm
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"EEOC Joins Federal Partners to Produce Resource Guide for Employers" - "Guide Creates Central Repository of User-Friendly Information and Resources to Increase Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities" per EEOC PR:  http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/newsroom/release/2-5-15a.cfm
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"EEOC Releases Fiscal Year 2014 Enforcement and Litigation Data" - "Percentage of Claims Alleging Retaliation Reaches Record High, While Number of Charges Decrease":  http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/newsroom/release/2-4-15.cfm
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"Investing in America’s Middle Class" from the DOL's Blog:  http://blog.dol.gov/2015/02/02/investing-in-americas-middle-class/
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BLS "Union membership by state in 2014 " http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2015/union-membership-by-state-2014.htm
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"Healthy Workers, Healthy Business" from the DOL's Blog:  http://blog.dol.gov/2015/01/15/healthy-workers-healthy-business/?
utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=healthy-workers-healthy-business
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Information and Links Regarding the EEOC's "The E-RACE Initiative (Eradicating Racism And Colorism from Employment)" per EEOC Website:  http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/initiatives/e-race/index.cfm
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"Revised Federal Schedule of Remuneration for Use in Determining Benefit Eligibility under the Unemployment Compensation for Ex-Service members (UCX) Program" per DOL Notice:  http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/corr_doc.cfm?DOCN=4166
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Information and Links Regarding the EEOC's "Youth@Work" Initiative - from the EEOC's Website: 
http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/initiatives/youth/index.cfm
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"Q&A with Women’s Bureau Director Latifa Lyles on Pregnancy Discrimination" per DOL Blog:  
http://blog.dol.gov/2015/02/13/qa-with-womens-bureau-director-latifa-lyles-on-pregnancy-discrimination/
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Form 1094-C: Transmittal of Employer-Provided Health Insurance Offer and Coverage Information Returns:  
http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f1094c.pdf 
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Form 1095-C: Employer-Provided Health Insurance Offer and Coverage:  http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f1095c.pdf
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Form 1095-B: Health Coverage:  http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f1095b.pdf #aca #ppaca
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ACA Reporting - Form 1094-B: Transmittal of Health Coverage Information Returns:  http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f1094b.pdf
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New ACA Final Reporting Forms are Out With a New Brochure.  Here's the brochure - forms will follow in later posts:  http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p5196.pdf
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"Resources for Federal Contractors" - "Executive Order 13672 - Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity" per OFCCP:  
http://www.dol.gov/ofccp/LGBT/LGBT_resources.html
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"EEOC Seeks to Improve Federal Sector Equal Employment Opportunity Complaint Process" per EEOC PR:  
http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/newsroom/release/2-5-15.cfm
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"IRS Launches International Data Exchange Service; Supports Reporting under FATCA and Intergovernmental Agreements" per IR:  
http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/IRS-Launches-International-Data-Exchange-Service-FATCA
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"Service Members to Receive Over $123 Million for Unlawful Foreclosures Under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act" per DOJ PR:  
http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/service-members-receive-over-123-million-unlawful-foreclosures-under-servicemembers-civil
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The DOL's "Secretary Perez Answers Paid Leave Letter Writers" per DOL Blog:  http://blog.dol.gov/2015/01/17/secretary-perez-answers-paid-leave-letter-writers/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=secretary-perez-answers-paid-leave-letter-writers
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"Lew and Osborne Op-Ed: Essential Elements to a G-20 Growth Plan" 
http://www.treasury.gov/press-center/press-releases/Pages/jl9769.aspx
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"Justice Department Resolves Lawsuit Against Sairam Enterprises Inc. For Discriminating Against Disabled Veteran With Service Animal" per DOJ PR:  http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/justice-department-resolves-lawsuit-against-sairam-enterprises-inc-discriminating-against
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"Nicholas H. Lewis Named Assistant to the Regional Director in NLRB’s New York Regional Office (Region 2)" per NLRB:  http://www.nlrb.gov/news-outreach/news-story/nicholas-h-lewis-named-assistant-regional-director-nlrbs-new-york-regional
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"POM v. FTC: A dozen quotable quotes from the D.C. Circuit opinion" from the FTC's blog:  
http://www.ftc.gov/news-events/blogs/business-blog/2015/02/pom-v-ftc-dozen-quotable-quotes-dc-circuit-opinion?utm_source=govdelivery
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"DOL signs agreement with Florida Department of Revenue to reduce misclassification of employees" per DOL NR:  
http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/whd/WHD20150034.htm 
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"Facts about the Individual Shared Responsibility provision for individuals and families" per IRS sample article:  
http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-utl/OC-ISRPJanFINAL.pdf
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"Celebrating a Labor Legend During Black History Month" from the DOL's Blog:  http://blog.dol.gov/2015/02/07/celebrating-a-labor-legend-during-black-history-month/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=celebrating-a-labor-legend-during-black-history-month
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"EEOC Seeks to Improve Federal Sector Equal Employment Opportunity Complaint Process" per PR:  http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/newsroom/release/2-5-15.cfm
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"That Was Then. This Is Now." from the DOL's Labor Blog Re Updating Certain Sex Discrimination Rules:  https://blog.dol.gov/2015/01/28/that-was-then-this-is-now/ 
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"Statement of US Labor Secretary Perez on January employment numbers" per DOL NR:  http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/opa/OPA20150201.htm #unemployment
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"PBGC and Cerberus Secure $212 Million for Safeway Workers’ Pension Plan" per PBGC PR:  http://www.pbgc.gov/news/press/releases/pr15-01.html?cid=COLA01ACFEB0620151&source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery
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"Making 28 Million Lives a Little Bit Better" from the DOL's Blog:  http://blog.dol.gov/2015/02/05/making-28-million-lives-a-little-bit-better/?
utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=making-28-million-lives-a-little-bit-better
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"Summary of NLRB Decisions for Week of January 26 - 30, 2015" from the NLRB: 
http://www.nlrb.gov/cases-decisions/weekly-summaries-decisions/summary-nlrb-decisions-week-january-26-30-2015
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IRS Needs to Provide "Additional Consideration of Prior Conduct and Performance Issues Is Needed When Hiring Former Employees" per TIGTA Report:  http://www.treasury.gov/tigta/auditreports/2015reports/201510006fr.pdf
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"Employers in 2014 FUTA credit reduction states must adjust their unemployment tax liability on their Form 940" per IRS:  
http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Employers-in-2014-FUTA-credit-reduction-states-must-adjust-their-
unemployment-tax-liability-on-their-Form-940
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DOJ files "...best practices report from an expert panel convened pursuant to the Consent Decree in ... (DEFH) v. Law School Admission Council, Inc. (LSAC)" http://www.ada.gov/enforce_current.htm#lsac-notice
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IRS Web Page With "Questions and Answers on the Premium Tax Credit" 
http://www.irs.gov/Affordable-Care-Act/Individuals-and-Families/Questions-and-Answers-on-the-Premium-Tax-Credit
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"Protecting the Fruits of Labor" Minimum Wage, Overtime, Protecting Wages, Retirement, Leaves of Absence - from the DOL Blog:  
http://blog.dol.gov/2015/02/04/protecting-the-fruits-of-labor/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=protecting-the-fruits-of-labor
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"Women in Statistics: Beyond the Headline" per DOL Blog:  http://blog.dol.gov/2015/02/04/women-in-statistics-beyond-the-headline/?
utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=women-in-statistics-beyond-the-headline
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"PBGC to Pay Benefits at Hovensa" http://www.pbgc.gov/about/who-we-are/retirement-matters/post/2015/02/04/PBGC-to-Pay-Benefits-at-
Hovensa.aspx?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery
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"Encouraging the Private Sector to Invest in America’s Infrastructure" from the DOL's Blog:  http://blog.dol.gov/2015/01/16/encouraging-the-private-sector-to-invest-in-americas-infrastructure/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=encouraging-the-private-sector-to-invest-in-americas-infrastructure
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"Justice Department Reaches Settlements with Four Cities Across the Country to Remove Disability-Related Questions from Job Applications and Ensure Web Accessibility" per DOJ PR:  http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/justice-department-reaches-settlements-four-cities-across-country-remove-disability-related
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IRS FAQs Regarding Social Security Income:  http://www.irs.gov/Help-&-Resources/Tools-&-FAQs/FAQs-for-Individuals/Frequently-Asked-Tax-Questions-&-Answers/Social-Security-Income #ssa #taxes #irs
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"Mary Elizabeth Mattimore Named NLRB Regional Attorney in Buffalo" per NLRB PR:  
http://www.nlrb.gov/news-outreach/news-story/mary-elizabeth-mattimore-named-nlrb-regional-attorney-buffalo
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"A different kind of doggie bag" Re Environmental Claims - From the FTC's Business Blog:  
http://www.ftc.gov/news-events/blogs/business-blog/2015/02/different-kind-doggie-bag 
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DOL Blog Re Agency's Misclassification Focus/Efforts "Cracking Down on Pay Schemes that Cheat Workers out of Millions in Overtime Pay" https://blog.dol.gov/2015/01/14/cracking-down-on-pay-schemes-that-cheat-workers-out-of-millions-in-overtime-pay/
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"State Labor Department Releases Preliminary December 2014 Area Unemployment Rates" per NYS DOL PR:  
http://www.labor.ny.gov/pressreleases/2015/january-27-2015.shtm
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"NYS Economy Adds 30,100 Private Sector Jobs in December 2014 and Statewide Unemployment Drops to 5.8%" per the NYS DOL's PR:  http://www.labor.ny.gov/pressreleases/2015/january-22-2015.shtm
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"Reference Lists of Changes in Qualification Requirements for Retirement Plans" per IRS Website:  
http://www.irs.gov/Retirement-Plans/Reference-Lists-of-Changes-in-Qualification-Requirements-for-Retirement-Plans
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"Social Security Announces New Online Service for Replacement SSA-1099s" - "Available to Recipients with a my Social Security Account" per PR:  http://www.socialsecurity.gov/news/#!/post/2-2015-1
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"Wage Board Votes On Recommendations for Tipped Workers in New York State" per NYS DOL PR:  
http://www.labor.ny.gov/pressreleases/2015/january-30-2015.shtm
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"Wage Board Votes On Recommendations for Tipped Workers in New York State" per NYS DOL PR:  
http://www.labor.ny.gov/pressreleases/2015/january-30-2015.shtm
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http://www.plansponsor.com/MagazineArticle.aspx?id=6442513483
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http://kaiserhealthnews.org/news/irs-eases-repayment-rules-for-excess-health-premium-subsidies/
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"Am I required to make an Individual Shared Responsibility Payment?" interactive guide from the IRS:  
http://www.irs.gov/uac/Am-I-required-to-make-an-Individual-Shared-Responsibility-Payment%3F #aca #ppaca
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"Making the Choice to Protect Workers, Today and Every Day" from the DOL's Blog:  
http://blog.dol.gov/2014/04/25/making-the-choice-to-protect-workers-today-and-every-day/
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EBSA Issues Annual Funding Notice for Defined Benefit Plans: 
Fact Sheet:  http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/newsroom/fsafndefinedbenefitplans.html
Final Rule:  http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/pdf/afndefinedbenefitplansfinalreg.pdf
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"The Family Connection: Supporting Postsecondary Success of Young Adults with Disabilities" per DOL Blog:  http://blog.dol.gov/2015/01/29/the-family-connection-supporting-postsecondary-success-of-young-adults-with-disabilities/
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"Summary of NLRB Decisions for Week of January 20 - 23, 2015" from the NLRB:  
http://www.nlrb.gov/cases-decisions/weekly-summaries-decisions/summary-nlrb-decisions-week-january-20-23-2015 
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"Short-time compensation programs expand in 13 states with nearly $38M in grants to prevent layoffs" per DOL NR:  
http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/eta/ETA20150155.htm
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"A Day in The Life: Tucson, Arizona" per the DOL Blog:  http://blog.dol.gov/2015/01/29/a-day-in-the-life-tucson-arizona/?
utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=a-day-in-the-life-tucson-arizona
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"Health Care Law and You" - "Affordable Care Act & Taxes - At a Glance" from the IRS Website:  
http://www.irs.gov/Affordable-Care-Act/Individuals-and-Families/Health-Care-Law-and--You
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"EEOC Names Robbie Dix Director of Agency’s Federal Appellate Review Programs
"http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/newsroom/release/1-26-15.cfm
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"That Was Then. This Is Now." DOL Blog re the DOL's announced "...plan to modernize outdated guidelines on sex discrimination" 
http://blog.dol.gov/2015/01/28/that-was-then-this-is-now/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=that-was-then-this-is-now
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"OFCCP Proposes Updated Sex Discrimination Rule" - advance copy, Fact Sheet, FAQs, etc. per OFCCP Web Page (expected in 1/30 Fed Reg):  http://www.dol.gov/ofccp/SDNPRM/
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"Working in a Winter Wonderland: 4 Things to Know in the Snow" per the US DOL's Blog:  http://blog.dol.gov/2015/01/27/working-in-a-winter-wonderland-4-things-to-know-in-the-snow/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=working-in-a-winter-wonderland-4-things-to-know-in-the-snow
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"HR professionals: Deter tax ID theft with an open-door (but closed-drawer) policy" from the FTC's Blog:  http://www.ftc.gov/news-
events/blogs/business-blog/2015/01/hr-professionals-deter-tax-id-theft-open-door-closed-drawer?utm_source=govdelivery #identitytheft
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"OSHA Releases New Resources to Help Employers Protect Workers from Hazardous Chemicals" from the DOL's 2013 Blog Entry:  
http://blog.dol.gov/2013/10/24/osha-releases-new-resources-to-help-employers-protect-workers-hazardous-chemicals/
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"Internet of Things: FTC staff report and a new publication for businesses" per the FTC Blog:  http://www.ftc.gov/news-events/blogs/business-blog/2015/01/internet-things-ftc-staff-report-new-publication-businesses?utm_source=govdelivery
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IRS N 15-9 "Penalty Relief Related to Advance Payments of the Premium Tax Credit for 201 4" (e.g., due to reconciling advance payments of the premium tax credit ag PTC allowed on tax return):  http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/n-15-09.pdf
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Materials from EEOC "Meeting of January 14, 2015 - Workplace Harassment" http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/meetings/1-14-15/index.cfm
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DOJ Files "Statement of Interest..." Re Use Of A Service Animal at School:  http://www.ada.gov/enforce_activities.htm
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"IRS Identity Theft FAQ: First Steps for Victims" youtube video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-G2qU_tFDE
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"IRS Efforts on Identity Theft" youtube video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uiAI6QK5wIc #identitytheft
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IRS Prop "Relief for Certain Participants in § 414(d) Governmental Plans" - Charter Schools - IRS Notice 2015-7: 
http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/n-15-07.pdf #retirement #charterschools
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"Statement by US Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez on the Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 Union Membership Report" per DOL NR:  http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/opa/OPA20150125.htm
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"Cracking Down on Pay Schemes that Cheat Workers out of Millions in Overtime Pay" US DOL's Blog:  https://blog.dol.gov/2015/01/14/cracking-down-on-pay-schemes-that-cheat-workers-out-of-millions-in-overtime-pay/
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"The Dish Network case: The latest fed-state call for Do Not Call compliance" per FTC Blog:  http://www.ftc.gov/news-events/blogs/business-blog/2015/01/dish-network-case-latest-fed-state-call-do-not-call?utm_source=govdelivery
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"Premium Tax Credit Brings Changes to Your 2014 Income Tax Returns" per IRS Tax Tip;  http://www.irs.gov/Affordable-Care-Act/Individuals-and-Families/Premium-Tax-Credit-Brings-Changes-to-Your-2014-Income-Tax-Returns
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"Jury in EEOC Suit Says ... Freight Line Must Pay Former Driver $119,612 for Disability Bias" - EEOC Charged that "Trucking Company Fired Pickup and Delivery Driver Who Self-Reported Alcohol Abuse"  http://eeoc.gov/eeoc/newsroom/release/1-16-15.cfm
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"New [DOJ] Page Available Dedicated to Best Practices Workshop Series" per DOJ PR:  
http://www.justice.gov/oip/blog/new-page-available-dedicated-best-practices-workshop-series
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"Determination of Issue Price in the Case of Certain Debt Instruments Issued for Property" per Rev. Rul. 2015-3 (certain interest rates):  
http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/rr-15-03.pdf #interestrates
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"Testing, testing: A review session on COPPA and schools" 
http://www.ftc.gov/news-events/blogs/business-blog/2015/01/testing-testing-review-session-coppa-schools
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"Time 2 txt about data security basics?" from the FTC Blog:  
http://www.ftc.gov/news-events/blogs/business-blog/2015/01/time-2-txt-about-data-security-basics #datasecurity
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Summary of NLRB Decisions for Week of January 12 - 16, 2015:  
http://www.nlrb.gov/cases-decisions/weekly-summaries-decisions/summary-nlrb-decisions-week-january-12-16-2015
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DOL Blog "A LEADER in Apprenticeships: Oberg Industries" http://blog.dol.gov/2015/01/21/a-leader-in-apprenticeships-oberg-industries/?
utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=a-leader-in-apprenticeships-oberg-industries
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DOJ Announces "New Page [on OIG's Website] Dedicated to Best Practices Workshop Series" (FOIA):  http://www.justice.gov/oip/blog/new-page-available-dedicated-best-practices-workshop-series & 
http://www.justice.gov/oip/best-practices-workshop-series
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"Bureau of International Labor Affairs invests $11M to strengthen oversight and effectiveness of programs to combat child labor and forced labor" per DOL PR:  http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/ilab/ILAB20150067.htm
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"Important Changes to ERISA Section 4062(e)" per the PBGC:  http://www.pbgc.gov/about/faq/pg/important-changes-to-erisa-section-4062(e).html?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery
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"Social Security to Expand Field Office Hours Nationwide" per SSA PR:  http://www.socialsecurity.gov/news/#!/post/1-2015-1 
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"PBGC has announced the end of the six-month moratorium on the enforcement of ERISA Section 4062(e)" http://pbgc.gov/prac/whatsnew.html?cid=COLA01AEJAN2220151&source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery
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"Healthy Workers, Healthy Business" per the US DOL's Blog:  http://blog.dol.gov/2015/01/15/healthy-workers-healthy-business/
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"Review of Policies and Training Governing Off-Duty Conduct by Department Employees Working in Foreign Countries" from DOJ OIG report:  http://www.justice.gov/oig/reports/2015/e152.pdf
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"EBSA Restores Over $599.7 Million to Employee Benefit Plans, Participants and Beneficiaries" per EBSA Fact Sheet:  
http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/newsroom/fsfyagencyresults.html
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DOL/EBSA - "Field Assistance Bulletin No. 2015-01" - "ERISA's Annual Funding Notice Requirements Following the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014" http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/regs/fab2015-1.html 
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"... Distributing Company to Pay $50,000 Lawsuit to Settle EEOC Religious Discrimination Lawsuit" - EEOC Charged that "Beer Distributor Unlawfully Refused to Hire Rastafarian Because He Refused to Cut His Hair"  per EEOC PR:  
http://eeoc.gov/eeoc/newsroom/release/1-20-15.cfm
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"It’s Tax Season! Here’s What You Need to Know" from the PBGC:  
http://www.pbgc.gov/about/who-we-are/retirement-matters/post/2015/01/20/Its-Tax-Season!-Heres-What-You-Need-to-Know.aspx? source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery
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The US DOL's Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) Most Recent Newsletter - http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/newsletter/
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"A videogame scientifically proven to boost kids’ school performance - and other fairy tales" 
http://www.ftc.gov/news-events/blogs/business-blog/2015/01/videogame-scientifically-proven-boost-kids-school?utm_source=govdelivery
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"Resolving to Expect the Best" per the US DOL's Blog:  https://blog.dol.gov/2015/01/16/resolving-to-expect-the-best/
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IRS Releases "VITA/TCE Affordable Care Act - Taxpayer Scenarios" Publ 5157-A (Rev 01/2015):  
http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p5157a.pdf
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"DOL awards $1.3M to help implement Mexican employment discrimination laws" per NR:  
http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/ilab/ILAB20150020.htm
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"OSHA, Laser Institute of America renew alliance to protect workers from laser hazards" per OSHA NR:  
https://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=NEWS_RELEASES&p_id=27210
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DOL's "...Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) Implements Search FAQs feature on Frequently Asked Questions and Answers page" per announcement:  http://www.foreignlaborcert.doleta.gov/faqsanswers.cfm  & http://www.foreignlaborcert.doleta.gov/
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"FACT SHEET: U.S.-United Kingdom Cybersecurity Cooperation" per Whitehouse BR:  
http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/01/16/fact-sheet-us-united-kingdom-cybersecurity-cooperation
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"2014 in Review: Secretary Perez Answers Your Questions" per US DOL Blog:  http://blog.dol.gov/2015/01/19/2014-in-review-secretary-perez-answers-your-questions/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=2014-in-review-secretary-perez-answers-your-questions
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"US Labor Department sues Rochester, New York, investment advisor and plan administrator to recover losses suffered as result of fiduciary breaches " per US DOL NR:  http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/newsroom/newsbriefs/15-009-BOS.html
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"Inorganic Arsenic Standard; Extension of the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Approval of Information Collection (Paperwork) 
Requirements" per OSHA Website:  
https://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=FEDERAL_REGISTER&p_id=24887
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"New OSHA Reporting/Recordkeeping Requirements Video" on OSHA's "Updates to OSHA's Recordkeeping Rule" webpage:  
https://www.osha.gov/recordkeeping2014/index.html #osha #safety
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"American Apprenticeship" - "Announcing $100 million in grants to develop innovative, high-quality registered apprenticeship programs" per DOL website:  http://www.dol.gov/apprenticeship/
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"Scam Phone Calls Continue; IRS Unveils New Video to Warn Taxpayers" 
http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/Scam-Phone-Calls-Continue-IRS-Unveils-New-Video-to-Warn-Taxpayers
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"U.S.-EU Financial Markets Regulatory Dialogue Joint Statement" per US Treasury  PR:  
http://www.treasury.gov/press-center/press-releases/Pages/jl9741.aspx
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"IRS Commissioner: Individual Shared Responsibility Provision" from the IRS - Video on YouTube:  
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=njOXzasLv1Q
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"Free File Launches Today; Helps Taxpayers with New Health Care Law"  
http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/Free-File-Launches-Today;-Helps-Taxpayers-with-New-Health-Care-Law
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"National Taxpayer Advocate Delivers Annual Report to Congress; Focuses on Taxpayer Service and Taxpayer Bill of Rights" per IRS website:  http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/National-Taxpayer-Advocate-Delivers-Annual-Report-to-Congress;-Focuses-on-Taxpayer-Service-and-Taxpayer-Bill-of-Rights
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"Turning the tables on deceptive payday lenders" per the FTC's Business Blog: 
http://www.ftc.gov/news-events/blogs/business-blog/2015/01/turning-tables-deceptive-payday-lenders?utm_source=govdelivery
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DOL's "2014 Year in Review"  (video on youtube):  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ngqHMtCHIk&feature=youtube_gdata
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"Justice Department Reaches Settlement Agreement With First United Bank Over Allegations of Discrimination on the Basis of National Origin" http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/justice-department-reaches-settlement-agreement-first-united-bank-over-allegations
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"Workplace Harassment Still a Major Problem Experts Tell EEOC at Meeting"- "EEOC Chair Announces Task Force to Develop Strategies to Prevent and Correct Harassment" per EEOC PR:  http://eeoc.gov/eeoc/newsroom/release/1-14-15.cfm 
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"Attorney General Holder Urges Improved Data Reporting on Both Shootings of Police Officers and Use of Force by the Police" per DOJ PR: http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/attorney-general-holder-urges-improved-data-reporting-both-shootings-police-officers-and-use
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"FTC Charges Data Broker with Facilitating the Theft of Millions of Dollars from Consumers' Accounts" - "Company Sold Personal Financial Information to Scammers" per FTC PR:  
http://www.ftc.gov/news-events/press-releases/2014/12/ftc-charges-data-broker-facilitating-theft-millions-dollars 
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"Tax ID theft awareness: Tips for tax preparers bear (p)repeating" per the FTC's Business Blog:  http://www.ftc.gov/news-events/blogs/business-blog/2015/01/tax-id-theft-awareness-tips-tax-preparers-bear-prepeating?utm_source=govdelivery #idtheft
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"FACT SHEET: White House Unveils New Steps to Strengthen Working Families Across America" From the Whitehouse Briefing Room S&R:  http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/01/14/fact-sheet-white-house-unveils-new-steps-strengthen-working-families-acr
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"Attorney General Holder Announces Updates to Justice Department Media Guidelines" 
http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/attorney-general-holder-announces-updates-justice-department-media-guideli nes
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"Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims" per the US DOL NR:  http://www.dol.gov/ui/data.pdf
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"Premium Rates for Multiemployer Plans" from the PBGC:  
http://www.pbgc.gov/prac/whatsnew.html?cid=COLA01AEJAN1520151&source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery
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"Cracking Down on Pay Schemes that Cheat Workers out of Millions in Overtime Pay" per DOL Blog:  http://blog.dol.gov/2015/01/14/cracking-down-on-pay-schemes-that-cheat-workers-out-of-millions-in-overtime-pay/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=cracking-down-on-pay-schemes-that-cheat-workers-out-of-millions-in-overtime-pay 
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"Summary of NLRB Decisions for Week of January 5 - 9, 2015" from the NLRB:  
http://www.nlrb.gov/cases-decisions/weekly-summaries-decisions/summary-nlrb-decisions-week-january-5-9-2015
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Updated SSA Publication "If You Work For A Nonprofit Organization" http://www.ssa.gov/pubs/EN-05-10027.pdf
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"Missourians continue renewal of storm-hit communities with US Labor Department funding" per DOL PR:  
http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/eta/ETA20150050.htm
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IRS N 2015-6 "Reporting Sick Pay Paid by Third Parties"-"Form 8922...st be used by third parties and employers to report total payments of certain sick pay paid by third parties on or after January 1, 2014." http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/n-15-06.pdf
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"Happy 2nd anniversary to the “new” COPPA Rule" from the FTC's Business Blog:  
http://www.ftc.gov/news-events/blogs/business-blog/2015/01/happy-2nd-anniversary-new-coppa-rule?utm_source=govdelivery
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Reminder - "Workplace Religious Accommodation" From the EEOC's "What You Should Know" Archived Topics:  
http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/newsroom/wysk/workplace_religious_accommodation.cfm #EEOC #discrimniation
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Updated SSA Publication "Schedule Of Social Security Benefit Payments 2015" http://www.ssa.gov/pubs/EN-05-10031.pdf
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IRS "Federal, State and Local Governments Newsletter" January 2015:  http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p5167.pdf
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Updated SSA Publication "Military Service And Social Security" http://www.ssa.gov/pubs/EN-05-10017.pdf
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"Canadian Man Charged in First Federal Securities Fraud Prosecution Involving ‘Layering'..." 
http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/canadian-man-charged-first-federal-securities-fraud-prosecution-involving-layering
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DOL extends comment period (to 1/16) re "exclusive authority to make legal and policy determinations based on his statutory and regulatory authority to administer and enforce the H–2B temporary labor certification program" per declaratory order:  http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-17/pdf/2014-28823.pdf
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"DOL signs agreement with Florida Department of Revenue to reduce misclassification of employees" 
http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/whd/WHD20150034.htm
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"Vital Signs: Company’s medical practices negatively affecting workers" Per DOL Blog:  http://blog.dol.gov/2015/01/13/vital-signs-companys-medical-practices-negatively-affecting-workers/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=vital-signs-companys-medical-practices-negatively-affecting-workers
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IRS Releases RevisedInst 8606 "Instructions for Form 8606, Nondeductible IRAs" Rev 2014:  http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/i8606.pdf
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IRS A 2015-02 "TEB Voluntary Closing Agreement Program: Relief from violation of qualified ownership and use requirements for qualified 501(c)(3) bonds" http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/a-15-02.pdf
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"EEOC Announces "Chair's Message" Online" - "..First in Series of Articles on the Work of the Agency" per EEOC PR:  
http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/newsroom/release/1-9-15.cfm
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Links to OSHA Workplace Poster Webpage:  https://www.osha.gov/Publications/poster.html #safety #employer #OSHA
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"US Labor Department files suit to restore losses to The Children’s Place Inc. Welfare Benefit Plan in Bradenton, Florida" per DOL PR:   
http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/newsroom/newsbriefs/15-10-ATL.html
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"US Department of Labor obtains order requiring fiduciary to restore $80K to Cargill Heating & Air Conditioning Co., Inc. Savings Plan in La Crosse, Wis." per DOL PR:  http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/newsroom/newsbriefs/15-01-CHI.html
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"EEOC to Probe Harassment at Jan. 14 Meeting" per EEOC PR:  http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/newsroom/release/1-7-15.cfm
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Per the DOL's Blog, "A Year of Action and Progress" https://blog.dol.gov/2014/12/23/a-year-of-action-and-progress/
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IRS Releases Revised Inst 8960 "Instructions for Form 8960, Net Investment Income Tax Individuals, Estates, and Trusts    " Rev 2014:  
http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/i8960.pdf
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"14 Important Things You Should Know About the 2014 Economy" from the U.S. Department of Labor Blog "Promoting & Protecting Opportunity" http://blog.dol.gov/2015/01/09/14-important-things-you-should-know-about-the-2014-economy/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=14-important-things-you-should-know-about-the-2014-economy
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"Statement of US Labor Secretary Perez on December employment numbers" per PR:  http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/opa/OPA20150029.htm
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Article "When silence isn't golden" (supplements for speech disorders) from the FTC's Business Blog:  
http://www.ftc.gov/news-events/blogs/business-blog/2015/01/when-silence-isnt-golden?utm_source=govdelivery
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"US Labor Department files suit seeking removal of trustee and appointment of independent fiduciary for abandoned New York City 401(k) plan" per DOL PR:   http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/newsroom/newsbriefs/15-001-BOS.html
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US Office of Foreign Labor Certification - "Permanent Labor Certification Program: Listening Session" 1/22/2015 4:30 PM per Announcement:  http://www.foreignlaborcert.doleta.gov/
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"U.S. Department of Labor obtains consent judgment restoring more than $12K to employee benefit plans of Omaha, Nebraska, construction company" per DOL PR:  http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/newsroom/newsbriefs/15-02-CHI.html
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IRS Releases "Tax Preparer Guide to Identity Theft" Publ 5199 (Rev 12/2014):  http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p5199.pdf
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DOL Secretary "Remarks at the AFL-CIO National Summit on Raising Wages, Washington, D.C." per DOL PR:  
http://www.dol.gov/_sec/media/speeches/20150107_Perez.htm
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"OSHA orders pilot to be reinstated after being illegally fired for refusing to fly unsafe medical transport helicopter" 
http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/osha/OSHA20142294.htm
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IRS Releases "Tax-Sheltered Annuity Plans (403(b) Plans) For Employees of Public Schools and Certain Tax-Exempt Organizations" Publ 571 (Rev 01/2015): http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p571.pdf
#403b #taxshelteredannuity
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IRS guidance re "...issues related to the retroactive increase in the monthly transit benefit exclusion...from $130 per participating employee to $250...for...2014" http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/n-15-02.pdf
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From the FTC - "Business Center 2.0" - "...revamped Business Center website with several changes" 
http://www.ftc.gov/news-events/blogs/business-blog/2015/01/business-center-20?utm_source=govdelivery
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DOL Blog Re Flu in the Workplace - "Take Two and Call Me in the Morning: 7 simple ways to prevent seasonal flu in the workplace"  
http://blog.dol.gov/2014/12/12/take-two-and-call-me-in-the-morning-7-simple-ways-to-prevent-seasonal-flu-in-the-workplace/
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SSA "Revisions to Direct Fee Payment Rules" (final rules) in Today's Fed Reg:  
http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-01-06/pdf/2014-30921.pdf
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NYS DOL "PUBLIC NOTICE: Wage Board Meeting to be Held on January 8, 2015" per DOL PN:  http://www.labor.ny.gov/pressreleases/2015/january-06-2015.shtm
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http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/former-toyoda-gosei-executive-agrees-plead-guilty-price-fixing-and-bid-rigging-automobile
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EEOC Information Letter "Equal Pay/ Statute of Limitations" (dated 9/29/2014), last modified 12/8/2014:  
http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/foia/letters/2014/equal_pay_statute_of_limitations_9_29.html
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"Remarks of Under Secretary for Terrorism And Financial Intelligence David S. Cohen at The Practicing Law Institute’s “Coping With U.S. Export Controls And Sanctions” Seminar" - “The Evolution Of U.S. Financial Power":  
http://www.treasury.gov/press-center/press-releases/Pages/jl9716.aspx
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IRS Announcement 2015-03.
This Announcement provides guidance on the automatic approval of a change in funding method for single-employer defined benefit plan under certain circumstances in which the change in method results from a change in the plan’s enrolled actuary.
Here's a link:  http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/a-15-03.pdf
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Reminder-"Advance copies of 2014 Form 5500 and 5500-SF, final copy of 2014 Form M-1 released by US Labor Department" per DOL NR: http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/newsroom/2014/EBSA121514.html
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"IRS and Treasury Select an Issue for Industry Issue Resolution Program" - "...regarding the capitalization rules as used by restaurants." 
http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/IRS-and-Treasury-Select-an-Issue-for-Industry-Issue-Resolution-Program-2014
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Reminder - OFCCP "Encouraging Pay Transparency and Prohibiting Discrimination for Discussing, Disclosing or Inquiring About Compensation"  http://www.dol.gov/ofccp/PayTransparencyNPRM.html
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"Appellate Court Overturns $4 Million Fee Award Against EEOC"  http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/newsroom/release/12-23-14b.cfm
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IRS Releases Publ 5188 "FATCA Metadata XML Schema v1.0 User Guide" http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p5188.pdf (Rev 01/2015)
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IRS Releases Publ 3833 "Disaster Relief (Be Part of the Program)" - "Providing Assistance Through Charitable Organizations (Rev 12/2014):  http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p3833.pdf
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IRS Releases Inst 1095-A "Instructions for Form 1095-A, Health Insurance Marketplace Statement" (Rev for 2014 years - released 12.15.2015):  http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/i1095a.pdf
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"When a Worker Loses an Arm, Who Knows About It?" from the DOL's Blog "Promoting & Protecting Opportunity":  
https://blog.dol.gov/2014/09/12/when-a-worker-loses-an-arm-who-knows-about-it/
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"Top 10 blog topics of 2014" from the FTC Business Center Blog Update: 
http://www.business.ftc.gov/blog/2014/12/top-10-blog-topics-2014?utm_source=govdelivery
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unemployment insurance - Replacement of State-based Info Tech Hardware for the UI Data Base System - now added to ETA Advisory database:  http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/corr_doc.cfm?DOCN=4080
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IRS Releases Revised Publ 531 "Moving Expenses" - revised for 2014 returns:  http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p521.pdf
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IRS Releases Revised Publ 51 "Circular A, Agricultural Employer's Tax Guide" (for use in 2015):  http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p51.pdf
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"Summary of NLRB Decisions for Week of December 15 - 19, 2014" from the NLRB:  
http://www.nlrb.gov/cases-decisions/weekly-summaries-decisions/summary-nlrb-decisions-week-december-15-19-2014
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IRS Releases Revised Form W-4P "Withholding Certificate for Pension or Annuity Payments" http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/fw4p.pdf
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"How Cold is Too Cold? Tips to Protect Outdoor Workers in the Winter" from the DOL's Blog:  
https://blog.dol.gov/2014/01/06/how-cold-is-too-cold-protecting-outdoor-workers-in-the-winter/
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"Justice Department Files Pregnancy Discrimination Lawsuit against the Chicago Board of Education" per EEOC PR:  
http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/newsroom/release/12-23-14.cfm
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"Tax Season Opens As Planned Following Extenders Legislation" per IRS Website:  
http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/Tax-Season-Opens-As-Planned-Following-Extenders-Legislation-2014
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"Learning From Canada On How to Lead on Leave" from the DOL's Blog "Promoting and Protecting Opportunity"  
http://blog.dol.gov/2014/12/27/learning-from-canada-on-how-to-lead-on-leave/
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"Identifying new law enforcement tools to enhance asset tracing and recovery focus of INTERPOL meeting" per DOJ PR:  
http://www.justice.gov/interpol-washington/pr/identifying-new-law-enforcement-tools-enhance-asset-tracing-and-recovery
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"A Review of the FBI's Use of Section 215 Orders for Business Records in 2006, March 2008 (December 23, 2014 version)" per OIG report:  http://www.justice.gov/oig/reports/2014/215-II.pdf
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"Working During the Holidays? Know Your Rights" from the DOL's Blog:  
http://blog.dol.gov/2013/12/11/working-during-the-holidays-know-your-rights/ 
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IRS Releases Publication 5187 "Health Care Law: What’s New for Individuals & Families" for 2014 tax year:  
http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p5187.pdf
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IRS Releases Publication 5187 "Health Care Law: What’s New for Individuals & Families" for 2014 tax year:  
http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p5187.pdf
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"Advertise auto promotions car-fully" per the FTC's Business Center Blog:  http://www.business.ftc.gov/blog/2014/12/advertise-auto-promotions-car-fully?utm_source=govdelivery
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"Tax-Free Transfers to Charity Renewed For IRA Owners 70½ or Older; Rollovers This Month Can Still Count For 2014" per IRS Website:  
http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/Tax-Free-Transfers-to-Charity-Renewed-For-IRA-Owners-70-and-One-Half-or-Older-Rollovers-This-Month-Can-Still-Count-For-2014
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US DOL "2014 Year in Review: The Faces Behind the Numbers" from the DOL Blog:  http://blog.dol.gov/2014/12/22/faces-behind-the-numbers/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=faces-behind-the-numbers
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IRS Releases "Circular E, Employer's Tax Guide" Publ 14 (Rev 2014):  http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p15.pdf
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IRS Announces "Changes to Employee Plans Determination Letter Processing" Announcement 2015-01:  
http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/a-15-01.pdf 
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"Obama administration publishes proposed rule on excepted benefits" (certain limited wraparound coverage) per DOL PR;  
http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/newsroom/2014/14-2302-NAT.html
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"NLRB Office of the General Counsel Issues Consolidated Complaints Against McDonald's Franchisees and their Franchisor McDonald's, USA, LLC as Joint Employers" 
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US DOL Employment & Training Administration releases "New 2015 H-2A Adverse Effect Wage Rates (AEWRs)" 
http://www.foreignlaborcert.doleta.gov/
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"Attorney General Holder Directs Department to Include Gender Identity Under Sex Discrimination Employment Claims" per DOJ PR:  
http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/attorney-general-holder-directs-department-include-gender-identity-under-sex-discrimination
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IRS Releases "Understanding the Employee Plans Examination Process" Rev Publ 1-EP (Rev 11/2014):  
http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p1ep.pdf
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OSHA's Web Page With Information to Help Employers Prepare for Winter Weather - Plan, Equip and Train (info, summaries, links, etc.):  
https://www.osha.gov/dts/weather/winter_weather/
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"Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims" from US DOL NR:  http://www.dol.gov/ui/data.pdf
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"Secretary Lew on the Passage of H.R. 83, Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015" per US Treasury PR:  
http://www.treasury.gov/press-center/press-releases/Pages/jl9719.aspx
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IRS Releases "Employer's Tax Guide to Fringe Benefits" Publ 15-B (Rev 2015):  http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p15b.pdf
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"Summary of NLRB Decisions for Week of December 8 - 12, 2014" from the NLRB:  http://www.nlrb.gov/cases-decisions/weekly-summaries-decisions/summary-nlrb-decisions-week-december-8-12-2014 #labor #union #nlrb
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Per NLRB PR, "Lauren McFerran Sworn in as NLRB Member" 
http://www.nlrb.gov/news-outreach/news-story/lauren-mcferran-sworn-nlrb-member
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Railroad Co., "...violates rights of Connecticut worker who reported injury and filed OSHA complaint"  "ordered by U.S. Department of Labor to pay maximum punitive damages" http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/osha/OSHA20142176.htm
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"Employee Plans News"  December 16, 2014:  http://www.irs.gov/Retirement-Plans/Employee-Plans-News
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"A New Year, New OSHA Reporting Requirements" per DOL Blog: http://blog.dol.gov/2014/12/15/a-new-year-new-osha-reporting-requirements/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=a-new-year-new-osha-reporting-requirements
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"Take Two and Call Me in the Morning: 7 simple ways to prevent seasonal flu in the workplace" per DOL Blog:  http://blog.dol.gov/2014/12/12/take-two-and-call-me-in-the-morning-7-simple-ways-to-prevent-seasonal-flu-in-the-workplace/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=take-two-and-call-me-in-the-morning-7-simple-ways-to-prevent-seasonal-flu-in-the-workplace
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"Advance copies of 2014 Form 5500 and 5500-SF,
final copy of 2014 Form M-1 released by US Labor Department" http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/newsroom/2014/EBSA121514.html
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2014 "Form M-1 Annual Report" - "for informational purposes only - not filing includes self-compliance tool:  
http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/pdf/2014M1Package.pdf 
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"2014 Form 5500 and Form 5500-SF" - "For Information Purposes Only, Not to be Used for Filing" from EBSA:  http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/5500main.html
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"Appointees to ERISA Advisory Council announced by DOL" per DOL NR:  
http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/ebsa/EBSA20142239.htm #dol #erisa
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"December 15, 2014 Interest Rate Update" from the PBGC:  http://www.pbgc.gov/prac/interest/monthly.html?
source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdeliver
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"FACT SHEET: President Obama Launches Competitions for New Manufacturing Innovation Hubs and American Apprenticeship Grants" per White House online BR:  http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/12/11/fact-sheet-president-obama-launches-competitions-new-manufacturing-innov
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"Fiduciaries of national multi-employer benefit plan based in Cherry Hill, N.J., ordered to pay $4.7 million in assets and interest" per DOL NR:  http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/newsroom/2014/14-2205-PHI.html
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"Putting the brakes on deceptive auto ads" http://www.business.ftc.gov/blog/2014/12/putting-brakes-deceptive-auto-ads?utm_source=govdelivery 
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"NLRB Issues Final Rule to Modernize Representation-Case Procedures" PR, Fact Sheet, Dissenting Views, links, etc.
http://www.nlrb.gov/news-outreach/news-story/nlrb-issues-final-rule-modernize-representation-case-procedures
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"Providing the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) Information Regarding Federal Contractor Compliance with the Mandatory Job Listing Requirements" added to ETA database:  http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/corr_doc.cfm?DOCN=3490 
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"$100M in grants to transform apprenticeship for the 21st century by expanding training into new high-skilled, high-growth industries" 
http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/opa/OPA20142233.htm 
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"Leading the Way: Workplace Inclusiveness for People of All Abilities" per DOL Blog (originally in Huffington Post):  
http://blog.dol.gov/2014/12/10/leading-the-way-workplace-inclusiveness-for-people-of-all-abilities/?
utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=leading-the-way-workplace-inclusiveness-for-people-of-all-abilities
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IRS Announces extension to June 30, 2015 for "... submitting on-cycle applications for opinion and advisory letters for pre-approved defined benefit plans for the plans’ second six-year remedial amendment cycle" and 2-day extension for certain Cycle D submissions:  http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/a-14-41.pdf
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Reminder:  "OFCCP Announces a Final Rule Prohibiting Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity" 
http://www.dol.gov/ofccp/lgbt.html #sexualorientation #genderidentity
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Available - "$12M in grants to expand successful youth skills training and education program to include court-involved youth" per DOL PR:  
http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/eta/ETA20142231.htm
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Oregon receives $1.18M US Labor Department grant for its short-time compensation layoff prevention program:  
http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/eta/ETA20142223.htm
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"Pension Equity Plan Determination Letters – New Guidelines" - worksheet, field memo, etc.:  
http://www.irs.gov/Retirement-Plans/Pension-Equity-Plan-Determination-Letters-New-Guidelines
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IRS Releases "Cumulative List of Changes in Retirement Plan Qualification Requirements" for Cycle E Programs:  http://www.irs.gov/Retirement-Plans/Cumulative-List-of-Changes-in-Retirement-Plan-Qualification-Requirements
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DOL Announcement "Effective December 8, 2014, the Department is no longer issuing prevailing wage determinations in the H-2B program based on employer provided wage surveys" per the Office of Foreign Labor Certification:  http://www.foreignlaborcert.doleta.gov/
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IRS Announcement of "Realignment of Technical Work between the Tax Exempt and Government Entities Division and Office of Associate Chief Counsel (Tax Exempt and Government Entities)" http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/a-14-34.pdf
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"Deadline Nears for Return Preparers to Qualify for New IRS Program" per IRS IR-2014-113:  
http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/Deadline-Nears-for-Return-Preparers-to-Qualify-for-New-IRS-Program
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IRS Updates Webpage Summary Re "Maintaining Your Retirement Plan Records" 
http://www.irs.gov/Retirement-Plans/Maintaining-Your-Retirement-Plan-Records    
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IRS "Update for Weighted Average Interest Rates, Yield Curves, and Segment Rates" - Notice 2014-78: 
 http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/n-14-78.pdf
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"Top Four Year-End IRA Reminders" from the IRS:  http://www.irs.gov/uac/Top-Four-Year-End-IRA-Reminders
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IRS Releases Latest Retirement Plan News:  http://www.irs.gov/Retirement-Plans/Employee-Plans-News
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"U.S. Department of Labor files complaint to remove fiduciaries of ... Company’s employee benefit plan" per DOL PR:  
http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/newsroom/newsbriefs/14-38-CHI.html #fiduciary #retirementplan #ebsa
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"PUBLIC NOTICE: Wage Board Meeting to be Held on December 10, 2014" per PR from the NYS DOL:  
http://www.labor.ny.gov/pressreleases/2014/december-1-2014.shtm
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"Keeping Up the Pace" From the US Department of Labor's Blog:  http://blog.dol.gov/2014/12/05/keeping-up-the-pace/?
utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=keeping-up-the-pace
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"Diversity and Inclusion" webpage from the DOL's ODEP (summary, links, etc.):  http://www.dol.gov/odep/topics/DiversityAndInclusion.htm
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"Accidental Activist, Calculated Warrior" from the DOL's Blog Promoting & Protecting Opportunity:  http://blog.dol.gov/2014/12/06/accidental-activist-calculated-warrior/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=accidental-activist-calculated-warrior 
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IRS Announcement - extensions for certain DBP determination letter requests:  http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/a-14-41.pdf
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"2014 Cumulative List of Changes in Plan Qualification Requirements" - per IRS  Notice 2014-77 (Cycle E):  
http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/n-14-77.pdf #retirement #cycle3
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"Statement from Assistant Secretary of Labor Dr. David Michaels on 2013 Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses" ... "Bureau of Labor Statistics reports steady decline in workplace injuries and illnesses" per DOL NR:  http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/osha/OSHA20142211.htm
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"Equality, Fairness and Opportunity" from the United States Department of Labor Blog "Promoting & Protecting Opportunity"  
http://blog.dol.gov/2014/12/03/equality-fairness-and-opportunity/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=equality-fairness-and-opportunity
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Tis the Season... "Precautions For All Workers during Flu Season" from OSHA:  
https://www.osha.gov/dts/guidance/flu/protectyourself_nonhealthcare.html #osha #safety #flu
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State Pregnancy Discrimination Law Web Page "Easing Labor Pains" from the United States Department of Labor Blog "Promoting & Protecting Opportunity" http://blog.dol.gov/2014/12/02/easing-labor-pains/
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"Employer-Reported Workplace Injuries and Illnesses - 2013"  per BLS NR:  http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/osh.pdf
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"Interest Rates Remain the Same for the First Quarter of 2015" per the IRS:  
http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/Interest-Rates-Remain-the-Same-for-the-First-Quarter-of-2015 #interestrates #irs
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"Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims" per DOL NR:  http://www.dol.gov/ui/data.pdf
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"Summary of NLRB Decisions for Week of November 24 - 28, 2014" from the NLRB:  http://www.nlrb.gov/cases-decisions/weekly-summaries-decisions/summary-nlrb-decisions-week-november-24-28-2014 #union #labor #nlrb
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"...Improvements Are Needed to Strengthen Security and Testing Controls for the Affordable Care Act Information Returns Project" per TIGTA Report:  http://www.treasury.gov/tigta/auditreports/2014reports/201423072fr.pdf #aca #ppaca
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NYS Governor "'The State of New York 11/28/14 - "Response and Recovery' "  
http://www.governor.ny.gov/news/state-new-york-112814-response-and-recovery
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"PUBLIC NOTICE: Wage Board Meeting to be Held on December 10, 2014" per NYS DOL PN:  http://www.labor.ny.gov/pressreleases/2014/december-1-2014.shtm  #nys #wage
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SSA publishes "Notice of a renewal of an existing computer matching program 
that will expire on January 18, 2015" in today's Fed Reg:  http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-02/pdf/2014-28327.pdf
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"Family and Medical Leave Act" (FMLA) Webpage from the US DOL's "Wage and Hour Division (WHD)" (summary, links, info, etc.):  
http://www.dol.gov/whd/fmla/ #fmla
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"DOL announces updated lists of goods produced by child labor, forced labor" 
http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/ilab/ILAB20142116.htm #childlabor
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"PBGC: COLA or UnCOLA?" from the PBGC's Retirement Matters Blog:  http://www.pbgc.gov/about/who-we-are/retirement-
matters/post/2014/12/01/PBGC-COLA-or-UnCOLA.aspx?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery
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Trade Representative of the US Provides Notice - "Membership of the Performance Review Board (PRB)" in today's Fed Reg:  
http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-01/pdf/2014-28179.pdf
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"PUBLIC NOTICE: Wage Board to Hold Public Hearing in Albany on December 9" per NYS DOL PR:  
http://www.labor.ny.gov/pressreleases/2014/november-30-2014.shtm 
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"Governor Cuomo Encourages New Yorkers to Support Local Businesses this Holiday Shopping Season" per NYS DOL PR:  
http://www.labor.ny.gov/pressreleases/2014/november-26-2014.shtm
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IRS & Treasury Release "Publication of the Tier 2 Tax Rates" in Today's Fed Reg:  http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-01/pdf/2014-28176.pdf
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"PBGC: A Year in Review" http://www.pbgc.gov/about/who-we-are/retirement-matters/v 
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EEOC Summary - "Employers' rights and responsibilities under EEO law" from the EEOC Website:  http://www.eeoc.gov/employers/index.cfm #eeoc #discrimination
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"US Labor Department obtains consent judgment restoring more than $475,000 to 401(k) plan of Wilmington, Delaware, construction company" per PR:  http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/newsroom/newsbriefs/14-094-PHI.html
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Reminder - the OSHA New Workplace Safety Reporting Requirements Start in January 2015!  
https://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=NEWS_RELEASES&p_id=26673
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'Minimum Essential Coverage and Other Rules Regarding the Shared Responsibility Payment for Individuals" from IRS in today's Fed Reg:  http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-11-26/pdf/2014-27998.pdf
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PBGC Summary for Retirees "Lump Sum or Annuity?" http://www.pbgc.gov/wr/benefits/lump-sum-or-annuity.html #retirement #employeeplans #pbgc
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Revised Rollover Chart from the IRS http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-tege/rollover_chart.pdf #irs #retirement #rollover 
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"PBGC Publishes Final Rule on 401(k) Rollovers to Traditional Pensions":  http://www.pbgc.gov/news/press/releases/pr14-16.html?
cid=COLA01PCNOV2420141&source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery
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IRS Updates "Submission Procedures for Individually Designed Plans - 5-Year Remedial Amendment Cycle" 
http://www.irs.gov/Retirement-Plans/Submission-Procedures-for-Individually-Designed-Plans-5-Year-Remedial-Amendment-Cycle
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DOL says to "[r]ead the following fact sheets to understand the Department of Labor’s role in support of the executive actions" on immigration:  http://www.dol.gov/dol/fact-sheet/immigration/ #immigration
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PBGC Summary for Retirees "Lump Sum or Annuity?" http://www.pbgc.gov/wr/benefits/lump-sum-or-annuity.html
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"School District ... to Pay $138,000 to Settle EEOC Age Discrimination Lawsuit" - EEOC Claimed "...Retirement Plans ... Were Facially Discriminatory" http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/newsroom/release/11-18-14a.cfm
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From EEOC's "What You Should Know Series"-"...the Enforcement Protections for LGBT Workers" 
http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/newsroom/wysk/enforcement_protections_lgbt_workers.cfm  #EEOC #LGBT    
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"Tonawanda man sentenced for bank robbery" per PR from USAO for WDNY:  
http://www.justice.gov/usao/nyw/press/press_releases/2014/nov/Jason_Simmons.html

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