Comments from CPR: Forced Arbitration Proposal Is Strong but Should Be Stronger

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By James Goodwin, Center for Progressive Reform Yesterday, several CPR Member Scholars and staff formally submitted comments on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) proposed rule to limit the use of forced arbitration agreements in consumer contracts for financial products...
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Obama Designates Maine’s North Woods as National Monument

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By Elly Pepper, Natural Resources Defense Council Maine’s North Woods are something special.  An incredible contrast to the lobsters and rocky beaches of the coast, there are scores of moose; freezing, trout-filled, rivers; geometric mountain peaks; and vast expanses of green. It’s a different...
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Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order Makes Contracting System More Accountable

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By Ross Eisenbrey, Economic Policy Institute The final rule implementing President Obama’s executive order on fair pay and safe workplaces has been issued, along with guidance from the Department of Labor. This is a big deal, affecting as many as 28 million employees in the workforce of...
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New FDA Ruling Doesn’t Close Industry’s Favorite Food Safety Loophole

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By Genna Reed, Union of Concerned Scientists It doesn’t seem like too much to ask for the public to be able to count on the FDA to ensure that all substances added to foods are proven safe. The FDA disappointed many interested in a safer food system earlier this month...
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New Flood Standards for the New Normal Flood

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By Eileen Fretz Shader, American Rivers The Louisiana flooding has been described as “extreme”, “devastating”, “shocking” and the numbers certainly convey the gravity of the situation. 31.39 inches of rain fell in Watson, LA. River crest records were broken by up to 5 feet. 30,000 people were...
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What is Disability? The Department of Justice Releases Revised Regulations to Implement the Requirements of the ADA Amendments Act of 2008

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By The Arc On August 10, 2016, the Department of Justice (DOJ) released the much anticipated final rule revising the Department’s Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Title II (public services) and Title III (public accommodation) regulations to implement the requirements of the ADA Amendments...
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Time Is Now for Carbon Pollution Standard for Transportation

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By Deron Lovaas, Natural Resources Defense Council Approaching the finish line last week, a record number of comments flooded in about the Federal Highway Administration’s proposal to measure congestion, and adopt new standards for tracking and ultimately reducing carbon pollution from...
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SEC Secures Another Win for Whistleblower Rights

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By Neil Gordon, Project on Government Oversight The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has announced that health insurance company Health Net will pay $340,000 for using severance agreements to undercut employees’ whistleblower rights. This is welcome news for POGO and other groups who...
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