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September 03, 2014

Small businesses face another defeat in extortion claim against Yelp

A veterinary hospital and several other small-business owners in California who sued Yelp for extortion have had their class-action lawsuit dismissed for the second time. The lawsuit had been thrown out by the court in 2011, but the plaintiffs were fighting to have it revived.

September 03, 2014

FDA targets tear stain remover products for misusing antibiotics

The FDA sent warning letters to three makers of tear stain remover products that the agency says are misusing the antibiotic tylosin tartrate. According to the FDA, I'm a Little Teacup, Blanc du Blanc, and Petaware have all included the antibiotic in their product formulations without taking the proper steps to seek regulatory approval.

August 28, 2014

Washington state VMAs successfully fend off mandatory reporting proposal

A proposed ordinance that would force veterinarians in Washington state's King County to submit client information to the county after every rabies vaccine administration has been shelved. Local veterinarians had feared that mandatory reporting could jeopardize their clients' trust and even cause clients to forego rabies vaccinations for their pets.

August 19, 2014

More states blocking employers from accessing applicants' social media log-in credentials

Employers who view applicants' or employees' social media profiles as a useful way to evaluate their behavior outside of the workplace now need to make sure state laws allow it. On Aug. 1, 2014, New Hampshire became the 18th state to legally prohibit employers from requesting access to the social media log-in credentials of current or prospective employees.

June 26, 2014

ASPCA aiming to protect abandoned animals in California through new bill

Veterinary hospitals and other animal care facilities in California may soon have more options available to them in the event an animal is abandoned while in their care. The ASPCA is waiting on Gov. Jerry Brown to sign Assembly Bill 1810, which would remove a state mandate requiring animal care facilities to euthanize abandoned animals after 24 days.

June 19, 2014

Nova Scotia veterinarians vote against motion to ban declawing

A June 18 vote within the Nova Scotia Veterinary Medical Association that could have paved the way for the banning of cat declawing in that region failed to gain enough support. According to CBC News, Nova Scotia would have become the first jurisdiction in North America to outlaw the procedure if the ban had been instituted.

June 11, 2014

Overtime pay, minimum wage rules scheduled to change in late 2014

In response to President Obama's view that many deserving workers are being denied overtime pay and minimum wage salaries, the Department of Labor (DOL) Wage and Hour Division has made it a priority to overhaul the Fair Labor Standards Act later in 2014.

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