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Home Industries Pharmaceuticals Is Amazon Getting into the Pharmacy Business?

A report earlier this year that the massive online retailer was mulling a pharmaceutical-industry entry has had observers all aflutter. Amazon’s AMZN, +0.12% nearly $14 billion acquisition of Whole Foods, announced in June and closed just over two months later, sparked speculation that the grocery chain might soon house pharmacy locations. Read more. 

U.S. Labor Department Offers Free, Three-Day Seminar on Prevailing Wage Requirements

The U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division will host a free, three-day seminar on prevailing wage requirements in federal contracts and service agreements, June 14-16 in Albuquerque, NM. This is a comprehensive compliance seminar for federal contractors, unions and employees to provide information on the rules governing prevailing wage requirements under the DBRA, SCA, and Executive Orders 13495 and 13658. Read more.

Service Contract Act Training, June 29-30 in Arlington, Va.

The Service Contract Act is one of the most technically challenging aspects of competing for the award of, and successfully administering a federal service contract. This course is the nation's only SCA training conducted with the Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division, and is designed to help companies navigate the SCA from several different angles. Read more.

DOL/Wage and Hour Guidance on How to Coordinate the Fringe Benefit Requirements with the ACA

The Wage and Hour Division of the Department of Labor issued an All Agency Memorandum 220 on March 30, providing guidance to governmental agencies on how the Affordable Care Act’s provisions regarding the employer shared responsibility provisions interact with the fringe benefit requirements of the McNamara-O’Hara Service Contract Act, and Davis-Bacon Act and the Davis-Bacon Related Acts. Read more.

California Now Has Highest Minimum Wage in the Country

About the same time as California’s sweeping new minimum wage was being signed into law Monday, Hillary Clinton was taking the stage with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, celebrating that state’s freshly minted law, one Cuomo proudly touted as a “first in the nation.” California’s law, which is expected to benefit millions of workers, will raise the base wage over the next six years, reaching $15 an hour by 2022. Read more.

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