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Agencies, Congress turn up heat on debt collectors

WASHINGTON – The rise in health care-related consumer debt, student loans,shoddy record keeping by creditors and abusive practices by debt collectors are leading federal regulators and lawmakers to crack down on third-party debt collectors and call for tighter rules applying ...

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Despite Senate moves, lawyers eye recess appointment case

WASHINGTON – This week’s Senate confirmation of Richard Cordray as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the forward motion on the nominations to the National Labor Relations Board could ultimately lessen the blow of a potential U.S. Supreme ...

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Employers prepare for post-DOMA world

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Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the federal Defense of Marriage Act’s refusal to recognize state same-sex marriages was unconstitutional, employers are scrambling to figure out how far they have to go in changing their employee benefit ...

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Agencies release final ACA contraception coverage rule

WASHINGTON — As lawsuits over the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s contraception coverage mandate continue to work their way through courts across the country, federal regulators have finalized rules governing employer contraceptive coverage under the law.

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