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The ESOP Association's Model Regulation on Adequate Consideration

The ESOP Association today released a model framework for the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) current rulemaking regarding what is known as the “adequate consideration exemption” for ESOP transactions. 

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TEA National 2024 Conference

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With new, groundbreaking research to help strengthen your value proposition, concurrent sessions offering continuing education credits, and lots of networking/social opportunities, Washington DC is the place to be in May!

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Annual Awards for Communications Excellence

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The AACE Competition identifies companies that excel at communicating with employee owners and the larger community about ESOPs. Apply for the AACE and EOM Poster Competitions today.

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Why Join The ESOP Association?

TEA offers benefits you can’t find anywhere else—like a unique nationwide network of 19 chapters, advocacy tools and support for any ESOP company regardless of size or corporate structure, world-class conferences, and the largest membership with the best networking available.

What is an ESOP?

What is

In the simplest terms, an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) is a retirement plan where the ownership of the company is held in trust for the benefit of the employees of the company.  The Trust buys the company on behalf of the employees and uses the profits of the company to pay off the loan used in the purchase. This means the employees don’t pay out of their wages or income, but gain ownership as a result of their work. Because of this, an ESOP is much more than a retirement plan.

We are the largest employee ownership advocacy organization in the world

We are the largest Employee Ownership advocacy organization in the world

For over 43 years, The ESOP Association has successfully represented the interests of millions of Employee Owners and their companies in Washington, DC and state capitols across the nation.  The ability to form and operate an Employee Stock Ownership Plan is fundamentally rooted in the laws that were passed to allow their existence.  The ESOP Association’s Advocacy on public policy remains one of the most important services provided by the Association to our members.

During the last four decades, The ESOP Association has been called upon to promote new ideas that would make Employee Ownership more accessible and to protect the tax laws that make employee ownership financially and structurally feasible.  You can learn more about this important history of success, and become part of that movement yourself, in our Advocacy section.

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UPCOMING ESOP ASSOCIATION EVENTS

Insights for every employee owner

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ESOP Association Launches New Video Series

The ESOP Association and Employee Ownership Foundation have launched a new video series aimed at shedding light on why companies decide to become employee owned, how they initiate their search for information, and the impacts employee ownership has on a business. 

Pro-ESOP Retirement Legislation In Final Stages

The ESOP Association has been working with Congress during this congressional session on bipartisan retirement security legislation.  That important legislation – which includes provisions that affect every ESOP and employee ownership in general – is being considered in the final days of the current Congress.  If this bill, which was painstaking

SOMETHING FOR EVERY EMPLOYEE OWNER

ESOP Association Offers over 150 local events and 6 national events a year

National Meetings

Gather with fellow employee owners, ESOP company executives, and professional service providers from across the country at one of our national meetings.

The ESOP Association Members have access to all of our membership benefits

Chapter Membership

Join TEA and you are automatically enrolled in your state or regional chapter. Network with your peers and get great educational content at local chapter meetings.

The ESOP Association Digital Workgroups will launch in early 2020!

Digital Networking

Our online communities are your one-stop-shop for connecting with your peers and quickly getting answers to your most pressing questions.

The ESOP Association is the only organization that advocates on behalf of all employee owners.

ESOP Advocacy

Receive materials, training, and tools to help you connect with your legislators and make a powerful impression.

The ESOP Association has many free and members-only resources available to assist current and prospective employee owners.

Resources

Read our newsletter, the ESOP Report, or check out the ESOP Blog. See or latest survey data or get invaluable introductions to key ESOP concepts in our ESOP Briefs.

The ESOP Association has many award categories for outstanding employee owners and employee owned companies.

Awards

Learn from the outstanding companies, owners, and industry professionals through TEA’s array of awards programs.  

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TEAs Workers Comp Plan Saves You Money

As an ESOP Association member, you get exclusive access to a suite of insurance programs designed to provide high quality service while putting money back in your pockets! Why pay too much to an insurer when you can keep that money for your employee owners' ESOP accounts?

We can offer group captive health insurance, workers' comp insurance, and a host of business insurance products—including cyber liability, fiduciary liability, D&O, crime, and employment practices liability.

To see all of the options available to you as a TEA member, just click the button below.