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The German Bundestag decided on May 21, 2015 that former Soviet prisoners of war should receive a symbolic payment in recognition of their time in German detention. Members of the Soviet armed forces who were detained as prisoners of war by Germany in the Second World War may receive a one-time payment. Learn more here.

In response to the escalating number of seniors struggling to put food on the table, MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger has launched the second year of its senior hunger initiative to help low-income, food-insecure seniors get the vital nutrition assistance they need. More specifically, Solutions to Senior Hunger™, which is conducted in partnership with the AJFCA and generously funded by the Walmart Foundation, is designed to reduce the barriers that keep vulnerable seniors from enrolling in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Learn more here.

It is reported that the United States Department of Labor will delay the implementation and may make some modest changes to the final regulations on overtime pay. According to DOL officials, the earliest they expect to issue final regulations will be late 2016 (toward the end of the Obama Administration).  DOL is currently wading through over 250,000 comments on the proposed regulations. There is speculation that the salary threshold may be lowered slightly from the $50,400 proposal.   Representatives from the charitable community have been attempting to set a meeting with senior DOL officials to discuss the implications of the proposed rules on the sector.