Dept. of Labor Overtime Rule Update

Recently, the Department of Labor (DOL) requested information as it considers revising the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to update the exemption from minimum wage and overtime pay (of 1.5 times their regular pay rate) for “executive, administrative, professional, outside sales, and computer employees.” Earlier this summer, PIA National submitted comments in response to the …

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Cannabis Safe Harbor Insurance Bill Introduced

On July 22nd, Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced S. 2201, the Clarifying Law Around Insurance of Marijuana (CLAIM) Act. The CLAIM Act recognizes the need for a comprehensive federal safe harbor for insurers and insurance agents who sell insurance to both cannabis-related legitimate businesses and other commercial and personal lines …

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Crop Insurance Caucus Launched in House

On July 19th, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D-IL) and Congressman Glenn “GT” Thompson (R-PA) announced the launch of the bipartisan Crop Insurance Caucus. The purpose of the Caucus is to educate Members of Congress and their staff on the importance of the federal crop insurance program as an integral part of our farm safety net. The …

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New NFIP Bill Poses Threat to Agent Commissions

On July 18, Senators Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) introduced bipartisan legislation, the National Flood Insurance Program Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2019 (S. 2187), to reauthorize the NFIP for five years. The bill’s 10 cosponsors are from both chambers and both sides of the aisle. A House companion bill (H.R. 3872) was introduced …

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House Passes PIA Top Priority, Repeal of Cadillac Tax

The Middle-Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act (H.R. 748) was passed by the House on July 17 by a vote of 419-6. The bill, sponsored by Reps. Joe Courtney (D-CT) and Mike Kelly (R-PA), would repeal the provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) often referred to as the “Cadillac tax,” which would impose a …

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PIA National Top Health Care Priority To Be Considered in House

On Wednesday, July 17, the U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on a bill to repeal the provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) known to many as the “Cadillac Tax.” This top legislative priority for PIA National, H.R. 748, the Middle-Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act, is sponsored by Reps. Joe Courtney …

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Member Spotlight: Congressman Sean Duffy (R-WI)

Sean Duffy was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 2010 to represent Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional District. Rep. Duffy’s district spans Northwestern and much of central Wisconsin and covers 20 counties. Rep. Duffy obtained his BA from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and his JD from the William Mitchell College of Law. Prior …

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