The Senate on Sept. 18 passed a short-term spending bill that would keep the government running through Dec. 7, which would postpone any threat of a government shutdown until after the midterm elections. The short-term spending bill is attached to an appropriations package containing 2019 funding for the Pentagon as well as for the Labor,… Read more »

The National Labor Relations Board announced this week it is revising its test for determining whether two employers are considered joint employers and are both liable under the National Labor Relations Act. To be considered a joint employer under the new NLRB rule, an employer must possess and actually exercise substantial direct and immediate control… Read more »

Nonprofit political groups engaged in electioneering activities must disclose their top political donors beginning this week after the Supreme Court on Sept. 18 declined to intervene in a controversial campaign finance case. The court’s decision could affect political ad spending by 501(c)(4) and 501(c)(6) groups from now until the November midterm elections. “This is a… Read more »

ASAE is part of a recently-formed coalition that will work with federal and state policymakers to strike the right balance between regulating association health plans (AHPs) and providing the appropriate level of flexibility to allow organizations to provide comprehensive AHP health plans to their small employer and self-employed members. The Coalition to Protect and Promote… Read more »

House and Senate leaders reached agreement on a package of three spending bills before departing early for a previously scheduled recess next week. The conference report also includes a continuing resolution that will keep all government agencies funded through at least Dec. 7, likely preventing any threat of government shutdown before the fall elections. The… Read more »

The House may vote today on a bill to delay the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) so-called “Cadillac tax” on high-cost employer-provided health insurance for an additional year, until Jan. 1, 2023. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-IN), would also modify the ACA’s employer mandate by changing the threshold for classifying a full-time employee… Read more »

Despite opposition from many Democrats, the Senate voted 64-33 Sept. 12 to confirm Charles Rettig as commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Rettig’s confirmation gives the IRS its first full-time commissioner in nearly a year. He will take over an agency charged with implementing the most significant tax code overhaul in 30 years. The… Read more »

The House Ways and Means Committee is expected to pass its “Tax 2.0” package that would make permanent already-passed tax changes for individuals and small businesses and make it easier for families to save for retirement. Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) said the three bills that make up “Tax 2.0” collectively build… Read more »

House leaders have laid out plans to pass several “minibus” packages to fund government agencies before government funding expires on Sept. 30. Various policy disputes and the White House are complicating the process, however. Spending negotiations have slowed since Congress’s return from August recess due to debate over dozens of policy riders and President Trump’s… Read more »

House GOP leaders are still planning a vote on a second round of tax cuts this month, despite the potential conflict for House Republicans running close races in high-tax blue states this fall. The “Tax 2.0” package would make permanent all the individual tax changes in last year’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, including a… Read more »