Companies find substance abuse at work is difficult challenge

Substance abuse among employees can put companies in a difficult situation, because while they must ensure safety and customer service they also want to treat workers fairly and with compassion, said Lynn Flinn, president of The Rowland Group in Tulsa, Okla. Wellness and employee assistance programs can help, but companies have varied policies on the use of prescription and illegal drugs at work.

Higher-ed group urges DACA action by Congress

Congress is being urged in a new letter from the American Council on Education to pass legislation protecting individuals who are part of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, including many college students. ACE President Ted Mitchell says the letter underscores the important role DACA students play in higher education.

Trump expects tax plan resolution this year

President Donald Trump said in an interview with Fox News that he is confident the Republican tax plan will be passed by the end of the year. Trump has also lent support for an additional tax bracket for the wealthy in response to criticism that the tax plan would primarily benefit the rich.

Employee health efforts pay off for Tops

Tops Friendly Markets offers an employee wellness program that includes walking, weight loss and other perks for associates and their spouses, a move that has won the retailer recognition in the business world and with consumers. "It creates a halo for the company that shoppers notice," said Gail Marchese, who manages benefits and wellness for Tops.

More senators support bipartisan deal to stabilize insurance markets
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Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., announced Thursday that 12 Republicans and 12 Democrats signed on to co-sponsor their bipartisan deal aimed at stabilizing the Affordable Care Act markets. Alexander expects the proposal to "become law in some fashion before the end of the year," despite a lack of commitment by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to bring it to the Senate floor for a vote.

Report: Social media ad spend on the rise, Snapchat's up by 73%

Snapchat and Instagram have achieved advertising investment increases of 73% and 55% respectively in the third quarter, 4C Insights reports. Facebook's ad spend rose 27%, and ad investment on Pinterest and Twitter grew by 26% each.

Fashion house Stella McCartney walks the sustainability walk

Stella McCartney's fashion label features animal-friendly luxury designs, Cradle to Cradle Gold certification for its organic yarn and has undergone a fiber-sourcing supply chain assessment. The latest effort is a plan to use microsilk created by Bolt Threads, which minimizes resource use in the manufacturing process.

Switch beats PS4 and Xbox One ahead of holidays

Nintendo's Switch has sold 2 million units in the US since March and is outselling Microsoft's Xbox One and Sony's PlayStation 4, per data from NPD. With "Super Mario Odyssey," "The Elder Scroll V: Skyrim" and "Doom" coming to the console this fall, it's expected it will continue its streak into the holidays.

Compounder to offer cheaper version of Allergan's dry-eye drug Restasis

Imprimis Pharmaceuticals CEO Mark Baum said the firm will start selling a lower-cost alternative to Allergan's dry-eye drug Restasis next month, charging 99 cents for the first month's supply and a starting price of $79 for refills. Plans for the customizable topical cyclosporine formulation follow Allergan's transfer of Restasis patents to a Native American tribe to guard against patent challenges; a federal judge invalidated the patents.

Hulu looks to football to draw in subscribers

Hulu is launching a new ad campaign to bring in subscribers for its Hulu with Live TV service. The football-focused push, which will air across ABC, ESPN and other digital platforms, stars ESPN College GameDay analyst Kirk Herbstreit.

Louisville to be site of $925M VA hospital

The US Department of Veterans Affairs has selected a 35-acre site for a new $925 million hospital in Louisville, Ky., and design work could be completed in 2018. Congress must still appropriate funds for construction.

Analysis: US schools prepare for growing wind technician demand

Wind turbine technician is the fastest-growing job in US, and schools are listening by creating programs specifically design to train the next generation of workers. Iowa Lakes Community College professor Daniel Lutat said the industry needs about another 250,000 people in the field.

Hawaiian Holdings posts strong Q3 earnings report

Hawaiian Airlines' parent company, Hawaiian Holdings, posted a third-quarter earnings report that exceeded Wall Street's expectations.

Comfort eases onto new menu at Even Hotels' Cork & Kale

Variety -- including hearty fare and sweets -- characterizes the new menu at Cork & Kale, the signature restaurant for wellness-oriented Even Hotels. A year's worth of consumer research went into the menu revision at Even Hotels New York Times Square South, one of several locations in the city.