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Department of Labor Increases the SCA Health & Welfare Rate and Establishes Two Other Rates

On July 25, 2017, the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor updated and increased the McNamara-O’Hara Service Contract Act (“SCA”) Health and Welfare (“H&W”) Fringe Benefit to $4.41 per hour (i.e., $176.40 per week or $764.40 per month). The increase will be effective as of August 1, 2017. This is an increase of 14 cents per hour, up from 2015-2016 rate of $4.27. The new update also included a rate for those employees who fall under Executive Order 13706, Establishing Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors. A new reduced rate of $4.13 per hour (i.e., $165.20. Read More.

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The Potential Market Shifts of Buy American and Hire American

On April 18, 2017, President Trump issued Executive Order 13788, “Buy American and Hire American.” Executive Order 13788 aims to “create higher wages and employment rates for workers in the United States, and to protect their economic interests” by decreasing American reliance on foreign workers and products. While the “Buy American” and “Hire American” aspects of the executive order have a common underlying theme, each facet will have significant impacts on policy changes independent of each other. In accordance with the executive order, heads of all agencies have until September 15, 2017, to: Assess the monitoring, enforcement, and implementation of,. Read More.

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Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Nullified

On March 6, the Senate passed Joint Resolution 37, repealing President Obama’s Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces (“FPSW”) executive order, Executive Order 13653. Subsequently on March 27, President Trump issued an executive order revoking Executive Order 13673, section 3 of Executive Order 13683 of December 11, 2014, and Executive Order 13738 of August 23, 2016. The FPSW executive order was issued on July 31, 2014. Originally planned to take effect on October 25, 2016, the executive order required contractors and subcontractors to report certain labor law violations, to provide certain information to employees with their paychecks, and prohibited involuntary arbitration. Read More.

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Executive Order Ends Enforcement of Johnson Amendment

President Trump has signed an Executive Order directing the Internal Revenue Service not to enforce the Johnson Amendment. Announced last week, the Executive Order ensures that tax-exempt organizations will not be penalized for engaging in certain political activities. The Johnson Amendment was introduced in 1954 to discourage tax-exempt organizations from participating in political activity.

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Executive Order Could Affect the SEC

President Trump recently signed an executive order that could have an impact on Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) rulemaking. The Executive Order, Presidential Executive Order on Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs , calls for the elimination of two existing regulations for every new regulation introduced. In addition, the order sets the fiscal year 2017 regulatory budget at $0. The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board’s rulemaking efforts could also be affected by the president’s order. To read the executive order, please visit WhiteHouse.gov.

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Executive Order Tackles Dodd-Frank Regulations

President Trump has signed an executive order to reduce financial regulations caused by the Dodd-Frank Act. The executive order instructs Federal agencies to review the more burdensome Dodd-Frank regulations that President Obama signed into law in 2010. The order also delays fiduciary rules impacting retirement advisors that would have become effective this spring.

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