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SBA Releases New Paycheck Protection Program Guidance for 501(c)(6) Organizations Requested by ABC

On March 12, the U.S. Small Business Administration released new guidance that clarifies the Lobbying Disclosure Act definition of “lobbying” expenses and will be used to calculate the 15% thresholds for 501(c)(6) organizations receiving Paycheck Protection Program loans. Since December, ABC has advocated for the SBA to use the LDA in calculating lobbying activity and has continued to push the administration to release clear guidance on this critical issue for ABC and its chapters.

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OFCCP Issues Updated 2020 Supply and Service Scheduling List for Federal Contractors

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs has issued an amended Corporate Scheduling Announcement List for fiscal year 2020, which will help explain the requirements federal contractors need to follow to stay compliant as they work on federal and federally assisted projects.

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DOL Expands Eligibility of State Unemployment Insurance Programs

On Feb. 25, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration issued updated guidance for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program, expanding eligibility for workers who may be able to participate.

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President Biden Nominates Jennifer Abruzzo As Next NLRB General Counsel

On Feb. 17, President Joe Biden nominated Jennifer Abruzzo as the general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board, the independent federal agency vested with the power to “safeguard employees' rights to organize and to determine whether to have unions as their bargaining representative.”

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ABC Urges SBA, Treasury to Take Action on Latest Round of PPP Loans

On Feb. 16, ABC submitted comments to the U.S. Department of the Treasury and U.S. Small Business Administration on an interim final rule reopening the Paycheck Protection Program for new borrowers and certain existing PPP borrowers and extending the program through March 31, 2021.

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ABC Highlights the State of Small Construction Businesses, Asks for Continued Pandemic Aid in Congressional Hearing

On Feb. 4, ABC submitted a letter for the record to the U.S. House Committee on Small Business for its hearing, “State of the Small Business Economy in the Era of COVID-19,” to provides insight on the state of small construction businesses and the construction industry as a whole, nearly a year into the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Congress’s Reintroduction of the PRO Act Will Do Anything But ‘Build Back Better’

On Feb. 4, Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) reintroduced the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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DOL Ends Payroll Audit Independent Determination Pilot Program

On Jan. 29, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division announced the immediate end of its Payroll Audit Independent Determination Program, a nationwide program that assists employers in expediting the resolution of inadvertent overtime and minimum wage violations under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

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Pete Buttigieg Confirmed as DOT Secretary; Impacts Infrastructure Plan

On Feb 2, the U.S. Senate confirmed Pete Buttigieg to be secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation by a vote of 86-13.  Secretary Buttigieg will be tasked with advancing President Joe Biden’s agenda in the Transportation Department, where he will oversee 55,000 employees. Secretary Buttigieg is expected to play an important role in promoting Biden’s sweeping environmental initiatives, and support the president’s push for an infrastructure plan.

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ABC Outlines Merit Shop Priorities in Letter to the Biden Administration

To begin a dialogue with the Biden Administration, ABC has sent a letter expressing our intentions to advance policies that keep workplaces safe and healthy, rebuild America’s infrastructure, create jobs for all Americans and help the U.S. economy continue to rebound from the COVID-19 crisis.

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