The ESOP Association

ESOP Association Resources

Apr. 01
Includes Employee Ownership and Participation Initiative at US Department of Labor
Mar. 31
The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2954, the Securing A Strong Retirement Act (SECURE 2.0) by a massive bi-partisan majority of 414 to 5.  Included in the House-passed version are two provisions that will assist Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs) or business owners seeking to establish them.
Mar. 11
Yesterday the House of Representatives passed H.R. 2471, an omnibus spending bill consisting of all 12 fiscal year 2022 appropriations bills and supplemental funding to support Ukraine. 
Late last evening, in less than 48 hours after the final text was unveiled, the Senate passed this spending package that will fund the federal government through September 2022. The funding package now heads to the White House for President Biden’s signature.
Most importantly for TEA members, the bill includes some wins for employee ownership.
 
Mar. 10
On March 9th, the House passed H.R. 2471, an approximately $1.5 trillion omnibus spending bill consisting of all 12 fiscal year 2022 appropriations bills plus supplemental funding of $14 billion to support Ukraine and other measures.  The legislation passed in two pieces with two votes, each of which had bipartisan support. The Senate is expected to act and pass the bill before week’s end.  Most importantly for TEA members, the bill includes some wins for employee ownership.
Jan. 28
The Pennsylvania State house has passed HB 285 which would permit the deferral of taxation on a lump-sum distribution from Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOP). The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler), puts the state on par with the rest of the nation and allows certain business owners who sell stock to an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) to defer capital gains taxes collected at the sale of the business.
Sep. 29
The ESOP Association's Immediate Past Chair, and Chairman of Eagle Broadband, Gary Shorman, will testify at the House Committee on Small Business Hearing on "Empowering Employee Owned Businesses and Cooperatives Through Access to Capital." He will represent the interests of ESOPs and The ESOP Association at the hearing.
From the committee website:
Sep. 09
Today, President Biden announced strict new mandates from the federal government requiring more than 100 million Americans to be vaccinated or tested weekly for COVID-19. These requirements will impact ESOP companies with more than 100 employees, health care ESOP companies including but not limited to hospitals, dialysis facilities, ambulatory surgical settings, and home health agencies, and ESOPs with government contracts.
 
Employers with more than 100 Employees
Jul. 30
One Step Closer for ESOPs with the Main Street Employee Ownership Act
 
TEA is pleased to share that recently the House of Representatives passed legislation, now heading to the Senate, that includes some strong provisions supporting ESOPs and employee ownership.   
Apr. 30
An Initial Look at President Biden’s Proposals  
Wednesday, President Biden introduced the nation to his American Jobs Plan and Made in America Tax Plan -- plans that seek to alter the federal tax structure, boost America’s infrastructure, and address issues related to families. We have conducted an initial review of these proposals, specifically the tax changes, to consider their effects on the ESOP community. Below are some observations on how these proposed changes, as currently presented, may affect ESOPs.
Mar. 22
Marty Walsh, the two-term mayor of Boston, was confirmed as the Labor secretary by the Senate in a 68-29 vote on Monday, March 22, 2021.
Please see the ESOP Association's Official Statement for more on this news.