A rule change at the Veterans Affairs Department will allow veterans to apply for burial in national cemeteries before their death, rather than requiring family members to apply on their behalf after it.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced the first ten chemicals it will evaluate for potential risks to human health and the environment under Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) reform. Formaldehyde is not among the first ten chemicals that will be assessed.
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Students from the Mortuary Program at Carl Sandburg College stopped by the IFDA office during their trip to Springfield late last month. After a busy morning exploring the Lincoln sites they stopped by the IFDA office. IFDA President Drew Edwards provided an overview of the profession and the many lifelong benefits received when you help families at the most important time in their lives. IFDA Executive Director Mary Carey, Communications Specialist, Melissa Bealon, CMP, and Elizabeth Lovegrove, Member Services Director each explained the various member services and benefits offered by IFDA. The students finished their day with a trip to Staab Funeral Home.
In a surprising development, a federal judge in Texas granted an emergency injunction late Tuesday afternoon blocking the implementation of a new overtime rule issued by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) that would have given more white collar workers - such as funeral directors - overtime.
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There is a great disparity between the high and low income counties in terms of pacemaker and defibrillator availability. Each year 1-2 million individuals worldwide die due to a lack of access to pacemakers and defibrillators. Meanwhile, almost 90% of individuals with pacemakers would donate their device to others in need if given the chance.
The Illinois General Assembly concluded its second and final week of the 2016 Veto Session. Both chambers adjourned until Monday, January 9th at noon or until the call of the presiding officer. Beginning January 1st, passage legislation with an immediate effective date requires only a simple majority in both chambers. The new General Assembly will be sworn in at noon on January 11th, leaving the current General Assembly with roughly a day and a half of scheduled session days to conclude any outstanding work. The General Assembly, however, could return to session sooner if there is a resolution on the budget.
At the Illinois Funeral Directors Association, our mission is to provide the resources to support our members in being professionally, ethically, and operationally superior, and to advocate for the funeral service profession.