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Trump’s Labor Board Overturns Obama ‘Joint Employer’ Rule

A U.S. labor board on Thursday overturned an Obama-era ruling that had made it easier for unions and workers to hold companies accountable for practices of contractors and franchisees, a decision welcomed by business groups that could affect a major …

OSHA Rule Requiring Electronic Reporting of Injuries Goes Into Effect

A federal rule requiring certain employers to electronically submit injury and illness reports goes into effect today. The rule applies to businesses in many states with 250 or more employees that are currently required to keep OSHA injury and illness …

American Family Insurance Acquires Data Analytics Firm; Also Home Tech Firm

American Family Insurance said it intends to accelerate its use of data, advanced analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) with its purchase of Chicago-based data and analytics software company Networked Insights. American Family is a Networked Insights client and has been …

Nation-State Believed Responsible for ‘Watershed’ Cyber Attack on Industrial Plant

Hackers likely working for a nation-state recently invaded the safety system of a critical infrastructure facility in a watershed attack that halted plant operations, according to cyber investigators and the firm whose software was targeted. FireEye Inc. disclosed the incident …

La Nina Expected to Linger All Winter

Looks like a potentially market-roiling La Nina will last through the new year, threatening to bring a colder, snowier winter to the northern U.S., drought to Latin America’s soybean-growing regions and rain to Australia’s coal mines. The odds of the …

Deadly London Tower Fire Sparks Development in U.S. of Safety Evaluation Tool

Six months after flames engulfed a London high-rise and sparked concerns about similarly-clad buildings around the world, a U.S.-based fire prevention group has developed a tool aimed at making buildings safer. The National Association of State Fire Marshals’ research foundation …

Here’s What’s in Latest Negotiated Republican Tax Bill

Republicans in the U.S. Congress reached a deal on final tax legislation on Wednesday, clearing the way for final votes next week on a package that, if approved, would be sent to President Donald Trump to sign into law. Formal …

Allianz Specialty for North America Promotes Haagen, Soja as Barnwell Retires

Allianz Group’s specialist corporate insurer Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) announced that effective December 31, Henning Haagen will take over as North American regional head of Specialty Lines, and Rich Soja will become the North American regional head of …

Judge Nixes Bid to Halt Federal Charters for Fintech Firms as Premature

A Manhattan federal judge on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit brought by New York’s banking regulator against the U.S. Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) over its proposal to offer charters that would let online lenders and other so-called “fintech” companies do …

United Nations Assessing Disaster Recovery in Puerto Rico

A United Nations expert on extreme poverty and human rights met Monday with hurricane victims in Puerto Rico as complaints grow about the U.S. government’s response to a Category 4 storm. U.N. envoy Philip Alston toured one of the hardest …

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