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NLRB Nominee Becker Blocked by Senate Filibuster

February 9, 2010
Republicans say National Labor Relations Board nominee Harold Craig Becker would take his union stances onto the board. Democrats—minus the two who joined the filibuster—denounce what they call Republican obstructionism. President Barack Obama could still make a recess appointment to the board.
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Treasury, Labor Department Request Info on Using Annuities in 401(k)s

February 2, 2010
The Obama administration has said it favors the availability of annuities and other forms of guaranteed lifetime income to ensure that retirees don’t outlive their savings. The American Council of Life Insurers cheered the two agencies for considering the role annuities can play in retirement plans.
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DB Sponsors Under the Gun to Fund Plans

January 21, 2010
The Pension Protection Act of 2006 requires defined-benefit plans to be fully funded by 2011. Because of the financial crisis, Congress eased the law’s original funding requirements in 2008. But each year, companies still need to meet specific funding levels until plans are 100 percent funded in 2011.
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CDC Urges Swine Flu Vaccinations

January 8, 2010
The nation runs the risk of a resurgence of the disease, but vaccine is now widely available. Most employers with physician-run work-site health clinics would be eligible to receive it.
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