ASAE joined 43 other trade and professional associations this week in a letter of support for the Equality Act, which would ensure federal protections for LGBTQ individuals. The bill (H.R. 5) was introduced in both the House and Senate on March 13 and would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to explicitly prohibit discrimination… Read more »

Associations and other large companies can expect to start reporting pay data by race and gender soon, according to a recent court ruling. A federal judge in Washington, DC, ruled March 4 that the Trump administration did not justify its decision to freeze an Obama-era rule requiring the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to collect… Read more »

ASAE is joining a coalition of business and tourism interests in voicing concern that a pending bill in the Texas Legislature would weaken protections for LGBTQ workers in the state. At issue is a proposed bill (Senate Bill 15) that would prohibit cities from requiring private companies to offer paid sick leave to their employees…. Read more »

The Department of Labor on March 7 proposed new rules to boost the salary threshold at which American workers are eligible for overtime pay. Under the new DOL rulemaking, employees who earn under $35,308 a year must be paid overtime if they work more than 40 hours per week. That is about 30 percent higher… Read more »

National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson gave a grim assessment of the problems facing the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) during a congressional hearing this week. Unsurprisingly, Olson said the 35-day partial government shutdown that ended in late January “could not have come at a worse time for the IRS.” The agency was already facing significant challenges… Read more »

House Democrats have vowed to introduce legislation to improve U.S. infrastructure in the coming weeks, but consensus is lacking on how to pay for the package. House leaders say passage depends on President Trump and congressional Republicans moving away from the administration’s proposal to stick states, localities and the private sector with most of the… Read more »

Reps. Mark Walker (R-NC) and Tom Suozzi (D-NY) introduced a bill March 5 to repeal the unrelated business income tax on certain employee benefits provided by associations and other tax-exempt organizations. The bill is a companion to legislation introduced last week by Sens. James Lankford (R-OK) and Chris Coons (D-DE). The tax on nonprofit fringe… Read more »

ASAE and other associations are increasingly concerned with a provision in House Democrats’ sweeping campaign finance bill that could be detrimental to associations that operate political action committees (PACs). The legislation, called the “For the People Act” or H.R. 1, is a compendium of ideas that Democrats have championed in recent years to promote transparency… Read more »

ASAE delivered the following letter to members of the House of Representatives on March 6:   To Members of the U.S. House of Representatives: ASAE writes to express our concern and need for clarification of provisions in H.R. 1 that would expand the definition of “foreign national” and potentially threaten the continued ability of associations… Read more »

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Charles Grassley (R-IA) is expected to introduce legislation this week to renew dozens of expired tax breaks known as extenders. The bill is likely to also include tax relief for disaster-stricken areas, according to Bloomberg BNA. Since all tax bills have to originate in the House, Grassley’s tax extenders bill serves… Read more »