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The White House unveiled a package of executive actions designed to limit the potential for abuses of the patent system. It also called on Congress to pass legislation. The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) announced three new initiatives aimed at reducing the burden of patent trolls on American businesses.
On Monday, February 10, 2014, the Obama administration announced a delay in the Affordable Care Act employer mandate for firms with 50 to 99 full time employees. These firms will not be required to provide health insurance coverage to full time employees until 2016.
More than 900 communities that were at risk for losing access to federal rural housing programs are now protected through 2020.
On February 3, legislation was introduced that would restore net neutrality rules struck down last month by a federal appeals court.
At a recent forum, hosted by the National Academy of Sciences, 2014 NAR President Steve Brown testified that flood insurance is becoming increasingly unaffordable for homeowners who are required to purchase it.
Last week NAR joined forces with a coalition of groups to urge HUD to make flood mitigation an explicit eligible use of the FHA 203k loan program.