U.S. Rep. Visits CORE Linen Facility


U.S. Rep. Diana Harshbarger (R-TN) recently visited the CORE Linen Services (formerly Crothall Healthcare) facility in Johnson City, TN. Facilitated by Kevin Schwalb, TRSA’s vice president of government relations, Rep. Harshbarger met with CORE Linen Services’ CEO Michael Barner; Regional Director Mike Edwards; and members of the plant’s staff during the visit.

TV News Touts Canada’s Progress in Reducing Medical Waste


The Global Television Network, Canada’s leading English-language TV network, recently aired a prime-time news segment on its nightly Global National news program on the need to reduce hospital waste, including personal protective equipment (PPE) such as disposable isolation gowns.

New FTC Rule Bans Noncompete Agreements


The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently issued a final rule that bans noncompete agreements for staff members. This rule prevents companies from using contracts that stop employees from joining competitors.

NLRB Appeals District Court Decision to Thwart Joint-Employer Rule


The viability of the Biden administration’s joint-employer rule will likely hinge on the outcome of an appeal by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) of a recent Texas district court ruling that vacated the rule. The filing with the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals followed the U.S. House of Representatives’ May 7 failure to override the president’s veto a week earlier of the bill to secure its demise.

Uphill Fight – Making the Case for Reusable Healthcare PPE


TRSA and laundry operators in the healthcare textile space face an uphill battle convincing healthcare providers of the value of reusable personal protective equipment (PPE) vs. “single-use” disposable PPE, according to an article in May’s Textile Services on the issue. But action by state and federal policymakers could make a difference.

EPA Sets Limits for PFAS in Drinking Water


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently passed a National Primary Drinking Water Regulation, which set legally-enforceable maximum contaminant levels (MCLs) for six per- and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) compounds.

DOL Issues Final Overtime Rule


The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) today issued its final rule altering the overtime regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The rule includes two-tiered increases to the minimum salary threshold and the threshold for highly compensated employees (HCEs) as well as automatic updates to both thresholds moving forward.