News bites: Major mortgage rules expected Wednesday

The Labor Department issued new rules requiring federal contractors to prove they are taking steps to hire minimum numbers of veterans and disabled workers, according to The Wall Street Journal. 

The tobacco company Lorillard isn’t backing off menthol or electronic cigarettes, despite the likelihood of new regulations on the products, the Journal reports.

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The IRS finalized a rule governing penalties for individuals who don’t obtain health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

The Consumer Financial protection Bureau announced staffing additions in the regulator’s upper ranks.

Representatives from the private home care industry met with Obama administration officials to discuss forthcoming regulations expected to give in-home health workers minimum wage and overtime pay.

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