On January 29, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued proposed rules that would modify the nondiscrimination requirements for retirement plans that provide additional benefits to a grandfathered group of employees following certain changes in the coverage of a defined benefit plan or a defined benefit plan formula.
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is amending regulations related to certain employment-based high-skilled permanent (EB-1, EB-2, and EB-3) and temporary (H-1B) visa programs. The proposed amendments codify provisions of the American Competitiveness in the Twenty-first Century Act of 2000 (AC21), the American Competitiveness and Workforce Improvement Act of 1998 (ACWIA), and related guidance documents. Many of these changes are aimed at improving the ability of U.S.
Certification of Women-Owned Small Businesses (WOSB) and Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Businesses (EDWOSB)
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is seeking input and comments on certification of Women-Owned Small Businesses (WOSB) and Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Businesses (EDWOSB) in connection with the Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program (WOSB Program).
The Office of Advocacy released the Annual Report of the Office of Economic Research, FY 2015. This report details 26 OER publications and eight Small Business Economic Research Forums that were produced during fiscal year 2015. This year, OER produced research on the following topics:
- Access to Capital
- Minority- and Women-owned Businesses
For Release: December 11, 2015
SBA Number: 15-07 ADV
Contact: Elle Patout
Darryl L. DePriest Confirmed as Chief Counsel
U.S. Senate confirms Chief Counsel for Advocacy by voice vote.
***SBA Environmental Roundtable Meeting***
FRIDAY, December 4, 2015 10 a.m. – noon
TO: Interested Persons
FROM: Kevin Bromberg, Assistant Chief Counsel
David Rostker, Assistant Chief Counsel
Tabby Waqar, Assistant Chief Counsel
On November 18, 2015, the Departments of Treasury, Labor and Health and Human Services published a final regulations in the Federal Register (80 Fed Reg 72192) regarding grandfathered health plans, preexisting condition exclusions, lifetime and annual dollar limits on benefits, rescissions, coverage of dependent children to age 26, internal claims and appeal and external review processes, and patient protections
Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rules: Produce rule and Foreign Supplier Verification Procedures
On November 13, 2015, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released two final rules required by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), which was signed into law by President Obama on January 4, 2011. FSMA aims to ensure the U.S.
On November 6, 2015 the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposed to amend its regulations governing the VA Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB) Verification Program. This proposed rule would clarify the eligibility requirements for businesses to obtain "verified'' status, add and revise definitions, reorder requirements, redefine the definition of “control'', and explain examination procedures and review processes. This proposed rule would also implement new changes: references to community property restrictions, ``unconditional'' ownership, and day-to-day requirements.
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued a proposal to extend the diversity protections for apprenticeship programs to include equal employment opportunity (EEO) standards for genetic information, sexual orientation, individuals with disabilities, and individuals over 40. Under this rule, sponsors or employers must designate an EEO officer, disseminate information and provide training regarding these changes, and conduct outreach with organizations that serve women, minorities and individuals with disabilities.
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