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US Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division Establishes District Office in Austin, Texas

A newly upgraded Wage and Hour Division district office has opened in Austin to connect employees, employers, community organizations and other stakeholders with resources and assistance to ensure compliance with federal wage and hour laws. The district office is located in the J.J. Pickle Federal Building at 300 E. 8th St., Suite 865, Austin, 78701. Read more.

SBA Doc Details Small Biz Contracts Awarded in Error

Federal procurement data show that large companies, including leading defense contractors, last year received millions of dollars in contracts intended for small and disadvantaged businesses. A court order released documents detailing the information gathered by the Small Business Administration. Read more.

EAPs Take on Expanded Role with ACA

With mental health and substance abuse disorder services deemed an essential health benefit under the Affordable Care Act, employee assistance program providers are taking on a new role – helping employers and health plans sniff out fraudulent health care activity among substance abuse and mental health treatment facilities. Read more.

Have You Obtained an HPID?

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently released guidance on the application process to obtain a Health Plan Identifier (HPID). An HPID is an all-numeric 10-digit identification number that many HIPAA-covered health plans are required to adopt by November 5, 2014. Read more.

Women’s Business Development Center Expands into Wisconsin

The Chicago-based Women's Business Development Center kicked off an expansion into Wisconsin on Tuesday morning. The center, the largest of 14 partner organizations of the Women's Business Enterprise National Council, certifies women-run businesses and helps them land contracts with corporations looking for supplier diversity. Read more.

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