House Republicans introduced a set of bills that would postpone the Affordable Care Act's tax on health insurance for two years, the medical device tax for five years and a tax on high-cost plans for one year, and these bills could be merged with spending legislation expected to be approved by Dec. 22. The tax on health insurance, which is scheduled to take effect on Jan. 1, would be postponed next year for payers offering plans with premium rebates, while the delay for all other plans would begin in 2019.
US companies posted slightly fewer jobs in October than in September but added more workers, the Labor Department said. As October ended, just under 6 million jobs were available, down from 6.18 million in September, but total hiring was up 4.4% in October compared with September.
The Federal Communications Commission's anticipated reversal of the 2015 net neutrality regulation will not be the death blow to education as some observers have suggested, says John Harrington, education policy expert and CEO of Funds for Learning. In this Q&A, Harrington explains why he thinks a repeal would be good for education and how schools can maneuver in a different internet landscape.
Worldwide real wage growth -- the increase in salary minus inflation -- is expected to be just 1.5% on average in 2018, the smallest rise in the past five years, according to Korn Ferry. US workers are predicted to see a 1% increase in real pay, while employees in China could see a boost of 4.2%.
ShopRite Supermarkets has expanded into Rensselaer County, N.Y., with the opening a new store in North Greenbush this week. The 55,000-square-foot store marks the retailer's first in New York's Capital Region, and adds to ShopRite's roster of stores that includes 34 locations in New York and New Jersey.
Seventy-eight percent of IT professionals at health care provider organizations said they experienced a malware or ransomware attack in the previous 12 months, with 43% of larger organizations experiencing 16 or more attacks, according to a HIMSS Analytics/Mimecast survey. Researchers found that cybersecurity incidents are most likely to be caused by email, and 87% of respondents expect an increase or a significant increase in security threats related to email in the future.
Twitter is rolling out a new feature called "threads," which lets users easily share connected series of tweets, which are called tweetstorms. The feature can be accessed via the "+" button on the compose screen, and it has a limit of 25 tweets.
Target has made a move into same-day delivery with the purchase of grocery service Shipt for $550 million. The acquisition is Target's latest attempt to catch up with Amazon in the home-delivery space.
Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison has spoken out about the advantages Oracle holds over cloud competitors Amazon.com, Salesforce.com and Workday. While Ellison finds Amazon's database lacking, he said Oracle is bringing in software-as-a-service customers faster than Salesforce and that Workday lacks the platform needed to topple Oracle.
After sorting through 52 million echolocation signals in underwater sound recordings, a computer algorithm has found six previously unidentified dolphin click varieties, according to findings published in PLOS Computational Biology. Researchers say that figuring out which species of dolphin is making these clicks could help them better track the movements and populations of wild dolphins.
AT&T has a better chance of gaining approval for its proposed Time Warner merger after promising in a legal filing not to allow the Turner networks it is buying to go "dark" for seven years in any disputes with pay-TV distributors, research firm MoffettNathanson wrote in a report. Other analysts said AT&T may have to sell Turner's on-CNN networks to satisfy the Justice Department.
A $17.6 billion plan to rebuild Puerto Rico's power grid with renewable energy would make it less reliant on fossil fuels and more resistant to wind and storm damage. Puerto Rico's governor is requesting $94.4 billion from Congress, which would include money for the new grid.
Two years after the Paris climate accord, major investors -- managing $26.3 trillion in assets -- are putting pressure on the world's biggest polluters. They're encouraging greenhouse gas reductions throughout supply chains and better disclosure among other systematic changes.
The Aerospace Industries Association is praising the recent presidential authorization of a memorial for fallen astronauts at Arlington National Cemetery. "It is high time to permanently remember the mission in our national cemetery for fallen heroes; we are grateful that the Congress and the President agree," writes AIA's Frank Slazer.
Technological advances such as air purification systems and special lighting are paired with therapeutic design in a new breed of hotel rooms promoting health. Trend leader Delos recently joined with the Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills in expanding its Wellness Rooms.