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2022-01-13 20:25:21
by Dan McCue
Supreme Court Blocks Vaccine Mandate for Large Businesses; Health Care Worker Mandate Stands

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Thursday blocked the Biden administration from enforcing a COVID-19 vaccine mandate on businesses that... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Thursday blocked the Biden administration from enforcing a COVID-19 vaccine mandate on businesses that employ 100 or more workers, but in a separate ruling allowed a mandate on health care workers to proceed. In... Read More

2022-01-05 18:42:23
by Alexa Hornbeck
Expert Discusses Gaps in Federal Policy to Ban Surprise Medical Bills

WASHINGTON — A federal law banning surprise medical bills U.S. patients may receive following an emergency room visit, air ambulance... Read More

WASHINGTON — A federal law banning surprise medical bills U.S. patients may receive following an emergency room visit, air ambulance trip, or receiving care out-of-network went into effect on Jan 1., but health policy expert Jack Hoadley finds that gaps... Read More

2022-01-03 18:56:36
by Tom Ramstack
Coaches Sue Washington Nationals After Defying Vaccination Mandate

WASHINGTON — Two coaches from the Washington Nationals baseball team are adding to the lawsuits spun off from mandates by... Read More

WASHINGTON — Two coaches from the Washington Nationals baseball team are adding to the lawsuits spun off from mandates by the federal government and private employers requiring employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The federal mandate announced by President Joe... Read More

2021-12-29 19:44:03
by Kate Michael
Europe Leading the Charge on ESG but Coordination Needed

WASHINGTON — Investment markets around the world are realizing that a short-term focus on purely financial goals is no longer... Read More

WASHINGTON — Investment markets around the world are realizing that a short-term focus on purely financial goals is no longer sufficient. But as the momentum behind environmental, social, and governance builds, it’s the European Union that is really leading the... Read More

2021-12-28 22:11:47
by Brock Blasdell
Labor Dept. Sets Limits on Tipped Employees Performing Non-Tipped Work

WASHINGTON — On Tuesday the Department of Labor set new limits on the amount of time employers can use tipped-employees... Read More

WASHINGTON — On Tuesday the Department of Labor set new limits on the amount of time employers can use tipped-employees to do non-tip-producing work.  The new ruling, implemented at a time of nation-wide labor shortages, comes via a clarification of... Read More

2021-12-27 16:46:05
by Dan McCue
US Retail Sales, Excluding Autos, Grew 8.5% This Holiday Season

PURCHASE, N.Y. — Holiday retail sales, excluding automotive, increased 8.5% year-over-year this holiday season, according to Mastercard SpendingPulse. Mastercard SpendingPulse... Read More

PURCHASE, N.Y. — Holiday retail sales, excluding automotive, increased 8.5% year-over-year this holiday season, according to Mastercard SpendingPulse. Mastercard SpendingPulse measures in-store and online retail sales across all forms of payment. It defines the “holiday season” as the period running... Read More

2021-12-23 13:52:05
by Dan McCue
Supreme Court to Hold Special Hearing on Biden Vaccine Mandates

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court announced Wednesday night that it will hold a special hearing in January to consider the... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court announced Wednesday night that it will hold a special hearing in January to consider the constitutionality of vaccine mandates imposed by the Biden administration. Both of the cases the justices will hear on Friday, Jan.... Read More

Pfizer Pill Becomes 1st US-Authorized Home COVID Treatment

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health regulators on Wednesday authorized the first pill against COVID-19, a Pfizer drug that Americans will... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health regulators on Wednesday authorized the first pill against COVID-19, a Pfizer drug that Americans will be able to take at home to head off the worst effects of the virus. The long-awaited milestone comes as... Read More

2021-12-22 17:07:01
by Alexa Hornbeck
OSHA Moves Forward on Implementing Vaccine Mandate

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit recently dissolved the stay of the emergency temporary standard... Read More

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit recently dissolved the stay of the emergency temporary standard mandating all businesses with 100 or more employees require staff to get fully vaccinated or undergo weekly testing.  “OSHA is... Read More

'We have stock': Smaller Stores Aim for Last-Minute Shoppers

NEW YORK (AP) — After a wearying nearly two years of the pandemic, independent retailers are cautiously hoping their holiday... Read More

NEW YORK (AP) — After a wearying nearly two years of the pandemic, independent retailers are cautiously hoping their holiday seasons will be bright, despite the challenges this year ranging from supply chain snags to shortages of hot holiday items.... Read More

2021-12-21 22:16:39
by Dan McCue
Independently Owned Restaurants Press for Relief Funding

WASHINGTON — As states across the country prepare for a continued surge in cases of the omicron variant, a coalition... Read More

WASHINGTON — As states across the country prepare for a continued surge in cases of the omicron variant, a coalition of independent restaurant owners is urging Congress to replenish an emergency relief fund for their industry. According to the Independent... Read More

2021-12-16 13:03:38
by Tom Ramstack
Airlines Say Government Bailout Helped Avoid Financial Disaster

WASHINGTON — A Senate panel came away surprisingly pleased Wednesday with its check on whether airlines were using government bailouts... Read More

WASHINGTON — A Senate panel came away surprisingly pleased Wednesday with its check on whether airlines were using government bailouts appropriately during the COVID-19 pandemic. Airline executives told the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee that subsidies under the Payroll... Read More

2021-12-14 19:31:02
by Dan McCue
Ex-FCC Chairs Voice Concerns Over FAA Stance On 5G

WASHINGTON — Six former chairs of the Federal Communications Commission accused aviation regulators of needlessly trying to derail new 5G... Read More

WASHINGTON — Six former chairs of the Federal Communications Commission accused aviation regulators of needlessly trying to derail new 5G mobile services slated to start next month. As previously reported by The Well News, a roiling dispute has been going... Read More

2021-12-14 19:26:57
by Reece Nations
Harris, Yellen Announce Billions in Investments to Emergency Capital Investment Program

WASHINGTON — Vice President Kamala Harris and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen announced on Tuesday over $8.7 billion in investments through... Read More

WASHINGTON — Vice President Kamala Harris and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen announced on Tuesday over $8.7 billion in investments through the Emergency Capital Investment Program for small businesses and low- and moderate-income consumers in rural and underserved communities. The program’s... Read More

2021-12-09 16:32:37
by Dan McCue
House Passes Bipartisan Bill Aimed at Strengthening Shipping Supply Chain

WASHINGTON —The House on Wednesday night overwhelmingly endorsed a bipartisan bill intended to strengthen ocean supply chains that have been... Read More

WASHINGTON —The House on Wednesday night overwhelmingly endorsed a bipartisan bill intended to strengthen ocean supply chains that have been racked by bottlenecks since last summer. The Ocean Shipping Reform Act, introduced by Rep. John Garamendi, D-Calif., in August just... Read More

Major Outage at Amazon Disrupts Businesses Across the US

A major outage in Amazon's cloud computing network Tuesday severely disrupted services at a wide range of U.S. companies for... Read More

A major outage in Amazon's cloud computing network Tuesday severely disrupted services at a wide range of U.S. companies for more than five hours, the latest sign of just how concentrated the business of keeping the internet running has become.... Read More

2021-12-03 20:08:46
by Reece Nations
Holiday Sales Could Be Higher Than Expected Despite Supply Chain, Inflation Woes

WASHINGTON — Holiday shopping appears to be on track to beat out the National Retail Federation’s spending forecast in spite... Read More

WASHINGTON — Holiday shopping appears to be on track to beat out the National Retail Federation’s spending forecast in spite of continued supply chain impediments, rising inflation and the omicron variant. Holiday retail sales for November and December are now... Read More

US Employers Added a Sluggish 210,000 Jobs in November

WASHINGTON (AP) — America’s employers slowed the pace of their hiring in November, adding 210,000 jobs, the fewest in nearly... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — America’s employers slowed the pace of their hiring in November, adding 210,000 jobs, the fewest in nearly a year. Friday’s report from the Labor Department also showed that the unemployment rate fell sharply to 4.2% from 4.6%.... Read More

World Shares, US Futures Slip on Worries Over Omicron Risks

NEW YORK (AP) — Global shares mostly slipped Tuesday as investors cautiously weighed how much damage the new omicron coronavirus... Read More

NEW YORK (AP) — Global shares mostly slipped Tuesday as investors cautiously weighed how much damage the new omicron coronavirus variant may unleash on the global economy. Germany's DAX lost 1.1% to 15,106.35 in afternoon trading. France’s CAC 40 slipped... Read More

2021-11-29 17:04:36
by Dan McCue
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Stepping Down

SAN FRANCISCO — Jack Dorsey is stepping aside as the head and CEO of Twitter, believing the social media giant... Read More

SAN FRANCISCO — Jack Dorsey is stepping aside as the head and CEO of Twitter, believing the social media giant “Is ready to move on from its founders.” Dorsey has faced pressure for months over his decision to serve as... Read More

Stores Kick Off Black Friday But Pandemic Woes Linger

NEW YORK (AP) — Retailers are expected to usher in the unofficial start to the holiday shopping season Friday with... Read More

NEW YORK (AP) — Retailers are expected to usher in the unofficial start to the holiday shopping season Friday with bigger crowds than last year in a closer step toward normalcy. But the fallout from the pandemic continues to weigh... Read More

2021-11-24 18:31:59
by Tom Ramstack
Ohio Jury Faults Pharmacies for Spurring Opioid Epidemic

CLEVELAND, Ohio — A landmark jury verdict Tuesday could make major pharmacy chains like CVS, Walgreens and Walmart liable for... Read More

CLEVELAND, Ohio — A landmark jury verdict Tuesday could make major pharmacy chains like CVS, Walgreens and Walmart liable for encouraging the opioid epidemic that kills thousands of Americans each year.  The verdict in federal court in Ohio is the... Read More

2021-11-24 15:54:32
by Dan McCue
Problem Solvers, Senators Renew Call for Fully Funding CHIPS Act

WASHINGTON — Before leaving town for Thanksgiving, Sens. Mark Warner, D-Va., and John Cornyn, R-Texas, joined members of the Problem... Read More

WASHINGTON — Before leaving town for Thanksgiving, Sens. Mark Warner, D-Va., and John Cornyn, R-Texas, joined members of the Problem Solvers Caucus to call for fully funding the CHIPS for America Act, an initiative intended to increase semiconductor production in... Read More

2021-11-24 00:18:21
by Dan McCue
Study Finds Significant Bipartisan Support for Corporate Social Responsibility

WASHINGTON — A new, groundbreaking study suggests not only is there strong bipartisan support for corporate efforts to address environmental,... Read More

WASHINGTON — A new, groundbreaking study suggests not only is there strong bipartisan support for corporate efforts to address environmental, social and governance challenges, but that the bipartisan appeal of these initiatives dramatically increases among Americans under the age of... Read More

2021-11-23 14:17:49
by Tom Ramstack
US Companies Face Dilemma When Business Helps Dictators

WASHINGTON — Foreign policy experts described an enormous challenge Monday for U.S. corporations wanting to improve their international business while... Read More

WASHINGTON — Foreign policy experts described an enormous challenge Monday for U.S. corporations wanting to improve their international business while facing political pressure from authoritarian governments. Some cave to the pressure to increase their revenue while others resist, putting them... Read More

Biden to Keep Powell as Fed Chair, Brainard Gets Vice Chair

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden announced Monday that he's nominating Jerome Powell for a second four-year term as Federal... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden announced Monday that he's nominating Jerome Powell for a second four-year term as Federal Reserve chair, endorsing Powell's stewardship of the economy through a brutal pandemic recession in which the Fed's ultra-low rate policies... Read More

2021-11-19 19:46:38
by TWN
Private Equity Backs Thousands of Small Businesses Across America

WASHINGTON — Sunshine Beverages was a good idea looking to get its grow on. Founded by artisanal entrepreneurs Keith Vest... Read More

WASHINGTON — Sunshine Beverages was a good idea looking to get its grow on. Founded by artisanal entrepreneurs Keith Vest and Joe Parrish in 2013, the energy drink company was the offshoot of Vest’s forward-thinking ad agency, The Variable. Coming... Read More

2021-11-17 22:21:21
by Dan McCue
Biden Administration Suspends Enforcement of Vaccine Mandate

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration on Wednesday suspended enforcement of a vaccine mandate on private companies with 100 or more... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration on Wednesday suspended enforcement of a vaccine mandate on private companies with 100 or more employees. The decision, which was carried out through the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, comes less than a week after... Read More

2021-11-17 18:49:23
by Alexa Hornbeck
FDA Issues New Guidance For Use Of AI In Health Care

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently partnered with Health Canada and the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products... Read More

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently partnered with Health Canada and the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency to issue guiding principles to align efforts and standards for artificial intelligence and machine learning medical device development... Read More

2021-11-16 23:02:44
by Dan McCue
6th Circuit to Oversee Lawsuits of Employer Vaccination Mandate

WASHINGTON — The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will preside over all litigation stemming from the Biden administration’s decision... Read More

WASHINGTON — The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will preside over all litigation stemming from the Biden administration’s decision to require companies with at least 100 employees to mandate COVID-19 vaccinations or weekly testing, the U.S. Judicial Panel on... Read More

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