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The Regulatory Week in Review: September 11, 2015

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  • In an effort to thwart food-borne illnesses, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued several final rules under the Food Safety Modernization Act, “one of the most significant steps in decades” that the FDA says it has taken to strengthen food-related safety measures.
  • President Barack Obama issued an executive order requiring that employers that contract with the federal government provide their employees with up to seven days of paid sick leave each year—a move which he hopes will influence Congress to impose similar requirements on private sector employers.
  • The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced it is imposing fines on two debt buyers and collectors after determining the companies had purchased unverified debts, and then used inaccurate documents to acquire payments from debtors through lawsuits and settlements.
  • The Department of Energy (DOE) released a report on the threats that climate change poses to tribal lands, finding that, due to the limited resources that tribes have to combat this problem, “[t]ribes are among the U.S. communities most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.”