Executive order increases certain workers’ minimum wage, EPA solicits comments on climate change, and more…
- President Barack Obama issued an executive order to increase “minimum wage for workers on [certain] Federal service contracts to $10.10 per hour.”
- The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published guidance for employers on their shared responsibility of health care coverage.
- The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) solicited public comments on assessing the costs and benefits of air pollution regulations, reported Bloomberg BNA.
- The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a policy memo giving gay couples significant new rights under federal law, according to The Hill.
- The Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) reopened the comment period on the agency’s proposal to remove the gray wolf from the Endangered Species List.
- The new Chair of the Board of Governors for the Federal Reserve System, Janet Yellen, promised continuity, low rates, and a slow stimulus pullback, reported the Associated Press.
- Twenty-one attorneys generals joined to prevent the EPA from cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay, according to The Washington Times.
- The tax industry brought suit against Chicago for the city’s failure to regulate new ride-sharing services, The Chicago Tribune reported.
- The Russian Prosecutor General’s Office banned bitcoin, citing a 2002 law prohibiting the use of money substitutes, according to Fox News.