The ESOP Association

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Jun. 07
Thank you to all the ESOPs and employee owners who joined us in Washington, DC, for TEA’s National 2023 Conference. 
From the feedback we received, it was one of our most fun and productive events in recent years! This year’s theme of Education, Advocacy and Community really hit the mark as we continue to promote education for ESOPs and employee owners at the National Conference. 
Jun. 01
U.S. Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA), the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, have sent a bipartisan letter to Acting Secretary of Labor Julie Su urging the Department of Labor to prioritize the WORK Act in its implementation of SECURE 2.0.
In their letter, the Senators said:
May. 31
Welcome to your May Issue of the ESOP Report. This month we've packed the report with tons of articles and news about ESOPs that you won't want to miss! 
As a benefit of your membership, you receive the ESOP Report in your inbox each month. Make sure to share with your colleagues and employee owners!
Inside this issue:
May. 31
The history of M. Dyer Global started off with the vision of Medford Dyer back in the late 1960s.  At the time, only a few agents assisted the Department of Defense with logistic services in the Pacific.  He started M. Dyer & Sons in 1968 when his oldest son was still in elementary school.  He purchased a few trucks and a forklift by mortgaging his house, rented a warehouse, and soon after, about a dozen employees joined him to start M. Dyer & Sons.  
May. 24
An ESOP can connect employee actions with company success, but that doesn’t automatically result in employee-owners taking responsibility for the success of the company. Sharing financial information is a critical first step to provide employee-owners with an understanding of how the business is doing. In addition, it’s essential to build people’s financial literacy and create systems for participation that empower employee-owners to act on the financial information shared and positively impact company performance. 
What financial information should you share? 
May. 17
Every spring, a portion of the TEA Board of Directors turns over as terms expire and a new slate of nominees are put before the Association’s membership for election. This spring will also bring forward a biennial change in officers alongside those new faces joining the Board for the first time. Terms will begin on May 1 and last for two years. 
May. 16
Employee Equity Investment Act Would Expand Employee Ownership by Increasing Critical Access to Capital for ESOPs
Washington, D.C. – The ESOP Association today praised the introduction of the bipartisan Employee Equity Investment Act (EEIA) in the House and Senate.
The legislation aims to grow employee ownership in the U.S. by helping to dramatically improve the way new ESOPs are financed by providing much-needed access to capital, which has long been an impediment to new ESOP formation.
May. 10
Anyone involved with the ESOP community for any length of time has been confronted, and confounded, by the difficulties posed by the U.S. Department of Labor.  The DOL’s enforcement division – the Employee Benefit Security Administration (EBSA) – was tasked under ERISA with serving as the protector of employee beneficiaries of qualified retirement plans.  
May. 03
DOL Commits to Provide Long-Sought Regulatory Clarity with Stakeholder Input on the Valuation of Company Shares to be Bought by an ESOP
In a major victory for ESOPs, the U.S. Department of Labor earlier this month committed to move forward with a public notice and comment rulemaking on a key regulation the employee ownership community has sought since ESOPs were first created in 1974. The regulation will clearly define Adequate Consideration under Section 408(e) of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), something The ESOP Association has long fought for.