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More California Proposition 65 Notices Issued


New "60-day" notices have been issued alleging that brands and retailers sold backpacks, wallets, luggage tags, diaper bags, travel container sets, card holders, cosmetic totes, and cosmetic bags in California that contained di (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) and/or di-isononyl phthalate (DINP) in violation of a California law known as Proposition 65 (Prop 65). The notices serve as intent to bring lawsuits against the recipients of the notices that sold these products. For more information on Prop 65, please go to the Prop 65 page on the TGA website or contact TGA's Nate Herman,, 202-853-9351.

Businesses Brace for the Unexpected on Trump's Asia Tour


Some businesses in Asia are bracing for the unexpected as President Donald Trump traverses the region and meets with the leaders of major U.S. trading partners. Exporters are apprehensive, given Trump's penchant for unpredictability, his vehement dislike for swollen U.S. trade deficits, and his threats to rip up trade deals. READ MORE

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House GOP Plots Crackdown on Corporate Tax Dodges


Buried deep in House Republicans’ tax reform plan are tough new rules aimed at cracking down on international tax avoidance. Their plan would impose a stiff, and complicated, new excise tax on multinational corporations if they don’t agree to submit their foreign subsidiaries to IRS jurisdiction. Those entities are often integral to big companies’ tax avoidance strategies, yet they are currently beyond the reach of the U.S. tax system. READ MORE


What You Need to Know About the New ID Law and Travel


In the past several months, there has been plenty of conversation about the Real ID Act and how it will affect air travelers. Here, answers to questions about what the Real ID Act means for travelers and why having a passport now may be more important than ever. READ MORE

TSA Administrator: No Need for Airport-Like Security for Rail Travel


Airport-like security screenings are not necessary for Amtrak or other rail travel, the new head of the Transportation Security Administration said last week, speaking a day after eight people were killed in a truck attack in Lower Manhattan. "We don't intend to roll out anything like what we have in the airports," TSA Administrator David Pekoske told reporters at Grand Central Terminal. "We are satisfied at this point." READ MORE

As Airline Revenue from Extra Fees Increases, So Does Consumer Ire


Airlines sure do love their fees, don’t they? A recent U.S. Government Accountability Office report revealed that domestic air carriers collected $7.1 billion in revenue from checked-bag and changed-reservations fees last year. The extra charges are helping the industry earn record profits. READ MORE

What Mentors Wish Their Mentees Knew


The mentor-mentee relationship is a tango between a more senior person and a junior one. Just as in dance, coordination and orchestration between parties is necessary for grace and success. And while we and others have written about what makes the ideal mentor, comparatively less attention has been given to the other partner. This gap is unfortunate because, like mentorship, menteeship requires specific behaviors – without which the mentee’s success may be threatened. READ MORE

Confident Americans Rushing to Book Vacations


The percentage of Americans planning to take a vacation in the next six months jumped in October to the highest level since at least 1978, according to a report published Tuesday by the Conference Board. The splurge in planned vacation spending reflects soaring optimism about the healthy jobs market and booming stock market. The unemployment rate of 4.2% is the lowest in 16 years and the Dow has zoomed to record highs. READ MORE

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