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  • Thu, February 22, 2024 2:59 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    CIRT has joined with a diverse group of associations, businesses, and other stakeholders representing employers called “The Partnership to Protect Workplace Opportunity” (“PPWO” or “Partnership”) in support of the Overtime Pay Flexibility Act (H.R. 7367). The bill seeks to prohibit the Department of Labor (“DOL”) from finalizing, implementing, or enforcing its proposed rule that would change the overtime exemption standards for Executive, Administrative, and Professional by elevating the pay threshold to $55-60K regardless of location or market conditions. The propose change was published in the Federal Register on September 8, 2023.

    PPWO coalition is dedicated to advocating for the interests of its members in the regulatory debate on changes to the FLSA overtime regulations. PPWO’s members believe that employees and employers alike are best served with a system that promotes maximum flexibility in structuring employee hours, employees’ career advancement opportunities, and clarity for employers when classifying employees.

  • Thu, January 11, 2024 3:16 PM | Anonymous

    As a member of the Jobs and Career Coalition, CIRT joined others in the group to offer strong support to the U.S. House bill entitled “A Stronger Workforce for America Act” (H.R. 6655). The bill recognizes and seeks to assist in creating a workforce system that the nation needs to remain competitive and provide good jobs – by being attentive and innovative to employer challenges.  Key provisions include: (1) mandates that 50-percent of the funds allocated by the feds be spent specifically on skills development vs. administrative costs, etc., (2) demonstration or pilot program grants are designed to spur innovation, (3) creating a new critical industries skills fund to reimburse employers who prepare workers for employment in their state’s fastest growing economic sectors, (4) a new employer performance metric to measure local areas for the percentage of their workforce system participants enrolled in employer-driven programs, including on-the-job training and apprenticeships, (5) option for expanded incumbent-worker training, allowing funds to be spent more flexibly, and (6) using outcomes metrics to raise the bar for fundable training providers.     

    Many of these critical improvements to the scope, coverage, and process of the workforce bill came as a result of the coalition working closely with the House Committee on Education and Workforce as it developed the proposal.  With the widespread input and acceptance from the affected community, the proposed legislation was later passed out of the committee with robust bipartisan approval. The House Committee is hoping to bring the bill to the floor in coming weeks for passage.

  • Tue, December 12, 2023 3:30 PM | Anonymous

    CIRT joined with the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace (CDW), composed of a wide cross-sections of organizations, to support the U.S. House Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pension plans to hold a hearing on the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or Board) overreach on critical labor-management issues. The hearing will focus on recent NLRA actions/positions that have radically altered the workplace relationship and balance, including examining the:

    (a) Employee Rights Act (ERA) (H.R. 2700), would guarantee workers the right to use secret ballots to choose whether or not to unionize. [For details, See: https://www.congress.gov/bill/118th-congress/house-bill/2700];

    (b) Modern Worker Empowerment Act (H.R. 5513), seeks to protect “independent contractors” by requiring the use of the longstanding common law test to determine a worker's appropriate classification as either an independent contractor or a traditional employee. [For details, See: https://www.congress.gov/bill/118th-congress/house-bill/5513/text?s=4&r=12&q=%7B%22search%22%3A%22stefanik%22%7D]); and

    (c) Save Local Business Act (H.R. 2826), will codify into law the traditional “joint employer” standard that requires employers have "actual, direct, and immediate" control over employees to be considered joint employers.  [For details, See: https://www.congress.gov/bill/118th-congress/house-bill/2826].

    The coalition supports introduction of these bills, which are designed to protect workers, entrepreneurs, businesses, and the economy from controversial steps by the NLRB.13

  • Wed, November 08, 2023 9:41 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On November 7th, U.S. Mike Johnson (R-LA), Speaker of the House, as well as U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Joe Manchin (D-WV), and Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Senate Minority Leader, introduced a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution to overturn the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) new joint employer rule, which would radically expand the joint employer standard under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) by specifying that either indirect or reserved control, may stand alone as basis for finding a joint employer relationship.

    The Congress may use the CRA to overturn final rules issued by federal agencies. Any member of Congress can introduce a joint resolution disapproving of a final rule.  Congress has only 60 days of continuous session from the date a rule is submitted to use the procedure.  A simple majority in both chambers is then needed to send the measure to the president’s desk. If vetoed, a two-thirds majority in both chambers is necessary to override; if signed into law or Congress overrides the veto, the rule is prohibited from either going into effect or continuing in effect.

  • Fri, July 28, 2023 1:28 PM | Anonymous

    Good news for design/construction firms doing business with federal military government entities.  A series of troubling potential “blacklisting” type amendments that were flagged by a coalition of construction industry organizations were not included in the rules package and none of the amendments were in the final version of the $886 billion “National Defense Authorization Act” (NDAA) bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives.

  • Wed, March 22, 2023 2:31 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Joining a coalition of business organizations and groups, CIRT will be supporting efforts introduced in the 117th Congress to permanently repeal the federal estate tax.  Currently, temporary estate tax relief was included in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) which doubled exemptions to about $12.9 million for 2023 and indexed future increases for inflation. However, these changes are set to expire at the end of 2025, leaving businesses, families, and most taxpayers uncertain when it comes to planning for this eventual event.  To address this, the FBETC coalition has urged passage of a bill to finally eliminate this generational federal tax.

    For more information see, FBETC Letter.

  • Sat, March 11, 2023 2:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A large coalition of business organizations and groups have expressed their strong opposition to the Biden-Harris Administration’s stunning $6.8 Trillion 2024 Federal Budget Proposal. CIRT joined the other parties pointing out that: “The more than $4 trillion in tax hikes it proposes target businesses responsible for most of the jobs and growth in this country and come at a time when federal tax collections are at record levels.”  The coalition also noted “The huge deficits forecast in the President’s budget are not the result of a revenue shortage” given federal tax collections were nearly $5 trillion last year, a record high (an amazing 47-percent increase from when the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) was enacted in 2017). Simply stated, the budget deficits are caused by “runaway” spending proposals that appear to have no boundaries or limits as to the amounts being sought.  Besides fueling inflationary pressure with bloated programs paid in large measure from borrowing, the recent bank failures portend the possibility of a slowing or fragile economy ahead, where massive tax hikes will damage the ability of businesses to weather a potential coming economic storm.

    See, attached coalition letter for details.

  • Thu, December 15, 2022 3:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Today, the Biden-Harris Administration released a guidebook on elements of the recently passed “Inflation Reduction Act.”  The new resource titled Building a Clean Energy Economy: A Guidebook to the Inflation Reduction Act’s Investments in Clean Energy and Climate Action, seeks to provide clear descriptions of the law’s tax incentives and funding programs to build a clean energy economy, lower energy costs, tackle climate change, and reduce harmful pollution.

    The publication is intended to help state, local, territorial, and Tribal leaders, the private sector, non-profit organizations, homeowners, and communities better understand how they can benefit from these investments and unlock the full potential of the law. The Guidebook walks through the law program-by-program and provides background on each program’s purpose, eligibility requirements, period of availability, and other key details. 

    For a copy of the new Guidebook go to the White House released first edition.

  • Thu, December 01, 2022 1:51 PM | Anonymous

    The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 provided $45.6 billion in enforcement funding to the IRS (to hire tens of thousands of agents), while providing significantly less ($3.18 billion) for taxpayer service and ($4.75 billion) for business systems modernization. Commissioner Rettig and Treasury Secretary Yellen have sought to defuse the whirlwind of criticism by claiming the funding/agents will not be used to audit taxpayers with less than $400,000 in taxable income, but these statements provide little comfort and no statutory protection to family-owned businesses. In response, Reps. Adrian Smith and Michelle Steel have introduced the Family and Small Business Taxpayer Protection Act, H.R. 9092.

    CIRT has joined a cross-section of business organizations in support of the Family and Small Business Taxpayer Protection Act, urging its passage in the “lame-duck” session before Christmas. The bill would rescind the IRA’s enforcement and operations support funding, while leaving in place funding for taxpayer services and business systems modernization.

    (SEE, joint letter for details).

  • Tue, September 27, 2022 1:52 PM | Anonymous

    The U.S. House of Representatives has been using the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) as the vehicle for controversial and otherwise un-passable provisions. In a letter opposing the ENABLERS Act, which was added as a rider on the NDAA, CIRT joined a cross section of “Main Street” business organizations and enterprises to express concern that Congress is trying to sneak through additional reporting requirements that would affect millions of small businesses, nonprofits, and other entities.  The new provisions are very similar to the measure that played out just a few years ago when the Corporate Transparency Act was included as part of the NDAA. (For more background see: https://s-corp.org/2022/09/disable_enablers_act/).  The Corporate Transparency Act covers many of the same issues and has yet to be fully implemented or its impacts and viability accessed – before yet more rules should be added on top.

    (SEE, Coalition Letter on this matter for details).

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