Building a Better America: A Small Business Resource Community

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The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and Public Private Strategies Institute (PPSI) will host a webinar as part of their Building a Better America: A Small Business Resource Community (BBA Resource Community) series. The goal of this webinar will be to connect small businesses with critical resources and information about the Biden-Harris Administration’s policy agenda, including how the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and American Rescue Plan create opportunities for small businesses.

Grow a More Profitable, Efficient, and Competitive Business

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The U.S. Small Business Administration’s T.H.R.I.V.E. Emerging Leaders Reimagined is a 6-month intensive training program that helps CEOs and Executives get unstuck and take their business to the next level. Accelerate your leadership skills, learn an MBA-level curriculum, receive tailored business coaching, and build relationships with a community of business owners, advisors, and experts.

National Safety Month

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Join the National Safety Council in June for National Safety Month—the annual observance to help keep each other safe from the workplace to anyplace.

Secretary Walsh Discusses Strengthening Economy

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U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh joined business leaders for a panel discussion on how private-sector employers can recruit, retain, and strengthen their workforce through investments in job quality.

Workforce Development Resources

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ABMA members had a meeting with the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) on Monday, April 18. During that meeting, Manoach (Manny) Lamarre discussed a number of workforce development resources and opportunities, which can be found here.

Deputy Secretary Don Graves Hosts Supply Chain Summit in Detroit

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U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Don Graves, U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters, U.S. Congresswomen Brenda Lawrence and Rashida Tlaib, Michigan Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist II, and Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, hosted a Supply Chain Summit, bringing innovation, resilience, and supplier diversity into focus.

Planning for Disasters

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Get “A Closer Look” at some simple disaster preparedness tips that everyone should follow to ensure they protect their critical tax and financial documents.

DOL on #MentalHealthAtWork

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Every year in America, 1 in 5 adults experiences some form of mental illness, 1 in 20 experiences a serious mental illness, and 17 million experience a substance use disorder and mental illness. Despite the prevalence of mental health conditions, there’s still a stigma around discussing mental health and its treatment, especially at work – but there shouldn’t be.

WANTO Grant Program

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The Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations (WANTO) grant helps to expand pathways for women to enter and lead in all industries.

OSHA Safety Reminders

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Are you subscribed to OSHA’s Safety Reminders? Be sure to sign up to receive reminders regarding safety hazards, best workplace practices, and more.

Tax Benefits for 2022

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For National Small Business Week, plan now to take advantage of tax benefits for 2022; enhanced deduction for business meals, home office deduction, and more.

Building a Better America Through Entrepreneurship

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In celebration of National Small Business Week, May 1-7, 2022, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is featuring information and resources to help small business owners, employers, and self-employed individuals succeed.

DOL Coronavirus Resources

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As we continue to move through the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is committed to ensuring equitable access to key resources affecting the health and safety of America’s workers and workplaces.

HIRE Vets Medallion Program

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The HIRE Vets Medallion Award, a Department of Labor (DOL) initiative, is the only federal-level veterans’ employment award that recognizes a company or organization’s commitment to veteran hiring, retention, and professional development.

Fact Sheet for Rural Communities

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The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) is an effort to bring economic opportunity to rural communities across the U.S. According to the Department of Commerce (DOC), BIL will “provide high-speed internet, safe roads and bridges, modern wastewater systems, clean drinking water, reliable and affordable electricity, climate data and information, and good-paying jobs in every small town and rural community.” This fact sheet provides information for rural communities to know all the available resources under the infrastructure law, where to apply, or how find more information.

Common Myths About Tax Refunds

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With the April 18 tax-filing deadline closing in for most taxpayers, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) wants to dispel some new and common myths about getting refund details or speeding up tax refunds. A number of these myths circulate on social media every tax season.

SBA’s Equity Action Plan

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On April 14th, head of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Isabella Casillas Guzman issued a statement regarding the SBA’s Equity Action Plan. Key elements of this plan include, but are not limited to: access to capital, improve government contracting opportunities, improve access to disaster assistance, and improve access to business counseling, training, and services. […]

National Emphasis Program

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The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced on Tuesday the launch of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) new National Emphasis Program in an effort to protect workers from heat-related illness and injury.

What Can You Do?

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According to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), “one in five working age Americans has a mental health condition.” After the COVID-19 pandemic plagued the workforce, employers are realizing now more than ever how critical mental health-friendly workplaces are. To help bring awareness to this issue, the ODEP-funded Campaign for Disability Employment (CDE) has launched a new public education campaign called “Mental Health at Work: What Can I Do?”

Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Implementation

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The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, popularly known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (“BIL”), was signed into law on November 15, 2021, providing a nearly $1.2 trillion dollar investment in our Nation’s infrastructure and future.

Women of Trucking Advisory Board

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The Secretary of Transportation chartered the Women of Trucking Advisory Board (WOTAB) of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) on February 11, 2022.

“What They Are Saying” About the U.K. Tariff Agreement

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On Tuesday, March 22 United States Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo and United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai announced a new agreement with the United Kingdom (U.K.) to allow historically-based sustainable volumes of U.K. steel and aluminum products to enter the U.S. market without the application of Section 232 tariffs.

Tax Information for Businesses

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Tax season is upon us! Be sure to check in with IRS.gov for the latest tax information, tools, and resources for businesses and the self-employed.

National Safety Stand-Down

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According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), 351 of the 1,008 construction fatalities recorded in 2020 were due to falls from elevation. The National Safety Stand-Down is an effort to prevent fall fatalities and injuries by raising fall hazard awareness across the country.

Safe Driver Apprenticeship Pilot Program

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The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), or Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), Section 23022, requires the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to establish an apprenticeship pilot program that would allow drivers 18-20 years old with an intrastate commercial driver’s license to operate interstate commerce.

SBA 2022 Women’s Business Summit

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The Small Business Administration (SBA) is holding its 2022 Women’s Business Summit on March 28-30, 2022. The summit will consist of virtual panels, “Ask an Expert” workshops, and fireside chats to help women-owned small businesses build, scale, and grow.

“A Closer Look” at the EITC

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The IRS recently published the latest executive column, “A Closer Look,” featuring Director of Refundable Credits Program Management Gwen Garren. The column provides an overview of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and its recent changes.

DOL Powered Industrial Trucks Design Standard Update

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The Department of Labor (DOL) has issued a “Notice of Proposed Rulemaking” via the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The move includes standards for fork trucks, tractors, platform lift trucks, motorized hand trucks, and other specialized industrial trucks.

New CDL Training Standards

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According to the  Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), starting on Monday, February 7th, any driver that must undergo Entry-Level Driver Training (EDTL) must complete required training from a registered provider.

IRS Warns Against Scammers

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As the new year begins, the Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers to protect their personal and financial information throughout the year and watch out for IRS impersonation scams, along with other schemes, that try to trick people out of their hard-earned money.

Commerce Reduces Canadian Lumber Tariffs

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In an email on Tuesday, February 1st, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced a review of reducing countervailing and antidumping duties on Canadian softwood lumber to 11.64%. This news follows after the U.S. raised rates on Canadian softwood lumber imports to 17.9% in November 2021, nearly double what it was previously.

DOL Penalties Increase for 2022

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The Department of Labor published the annual adjustments for 2022 that increase certain penalties applicable to employee benefit plans.

OSHA Withdraws Vaccine & Testing ETS

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On January 25th, the U.S. Department of Labor announced it will withdraw its emergency temporary standard (ETS) requiring COVID-19 vaccination or testing for workers at large employers but continue to pursue a permanent standard to that effect.

ABMA Opposes Cross-Border Truck Driver Vaccine Mandate

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On January 21st, the ABMA sent a letter to US Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas outlining our serious concerns with the US Department of Homeland Security’s vaccine mandate for inbound foreign national truck drivers crossing the United States-Canadian border.

OSHA Vaccine ETS: What’s Next?

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On January 13, the United States Supreme Court stayed the “Emergency Temporary Standard” (ETS) issued by the U.S. Occupational Safety Administration (OSHA) on COVID-19 Vaccine and Testing requirements for employers with over one hundred employees. The ruling held that the ETS mandate would not be enforced, as OSHA may have exceeded its authority. The Supreme Court returned the issue back to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit to decide the validity of the ETS.

2022 OSHA Penalties

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OSHA has published the maximum penalty amounts, with the annual adjustment for inflation, that may be assessed after Jan. 15, 2022.

Supreme Court Blocks OSHA COVID-19 ETS

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Previously, on December 17, 2021, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit granted the administration’s request to dissolve the Fifth Circuit’s November 6th stay on the regulation. The divided three-member court said the harm caused by keeping the emergency temporary standard frozen outweighs any damage that would come from letting it go into effect.

Submit 2021 Injury and Illness Data

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March 2, 2022 is the deadline for electronically reporting your OSHA Form 300A data for calendar year 2021. Only a small fraction of establishments are required to electronically submit their Form 300A data to OSHA.

OSHA Winter Weather Resources

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Winter weather presents hazards including slippery roads/surfaces, strong winds, and environmental cold. Employers must prevent illnesses, injuries, or fatalities by controlling these hazards in workplaces impacted by winter weather.

ABMA OSHA ETS Comment Letter

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On December 21, ABMA sent a comment letter to U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Assistant Secretary Douglas L. Parker regarding the interim final rule on the COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing: Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS).

SBA Provides Small Business Tax Resources

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The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) helps businesses to meet their federal, state, and local tax obligations to stay in good legal standing. Your business structure and location will influence which taxes your business has to pay

OSHA Vaccine and Testing ETS Stay Update

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The United State Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit denied en banc review in the OSHA vaccine mandate consolidated cases. An en banc session is a session in which a case is heard before all the judges of a court rather than by a smaller panel of judges.

OSHA Offers Winter Weather Resources

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OSHA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are working together on a public education effort aimed at improving the way people prepare for and respond to severe weather.

ABMA Opposes Softwood Tariff Hike

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The United States Department of Commerce announced late last week that they would proceed with an administrative review to increase the tariffs on Canadian lumber shipments from 9% to 17.9%.

SBA Updates EIDL Guidance

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The SBA announced updated guidance for COVID Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program applicants to better serve small business owners in need, while funding remains available.

DOL Offers Holiday Safety Resources

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During the upcoming holidays, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) reminds employers not to overlook their worker’s rights to a safe and healthy workplace and to be paid all of their legally earned wages.

OSHA Vaccine and Testing ETS Stay Upheld

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On November 12, 2021, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit issued an order continuing its initial November 6, 2021 stay of the emergency temporary standard (ETS) that the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued on November 4, 2021.

IRS Tax Resources For Businesses

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The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) offers a useful collection of information and resources for businesses on a variety of tax topics and questions.

DOT Issues American Mobility Fact Sheet

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The Infrastructure Deal is a significant investment in America’s transportation network. It will allow the nation to modernize its infrastructure, making it safer and more resilient.

IRS Announces 401(k) Limit Increases

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The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced that the amount individuals can contribute to their 401(k) plans in 2022 has increased to $20,500, up from $19,500 for 2021 and 2020.

OSHA Releases Vaccine and Testing ETS

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On November 4th, ABMA staff attended an OSHA briefing on the recently announced Vaccine and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS). The ETS takes effect immediately. Employers have 30 days (December 5th) to comply with all requirements except testing for employees who are not fully vaccinated.

FTC Protecting Small Businesses

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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) can help small businesses avoid scams, protect their computers and networks, keep customers’ data safe, and protect a businesses’ bottom line.

OSHA On-Site Consultations

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OSHA’s On-Site Consultation Program offers no-cost and confidential occupational safety and health services to small- and medium-sized businesses in all 50 states with priority given to high-hazard worksites.

DOL Workplace Posters

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Some of the statutes and regulations enforced by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) require that notices be provided to employees and/or posted in the workplace.

Hiring Employees With Disabilities

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Hiring disabled individuals can help businesses meet their talent needs while strengthening their competitive edge. The SBA offers a variety of resources to h

Keeping Young Workers Safe

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OSHA provides resources and education to help provide a safe and healthful work environment and comply with occupational safety and health standards.

National Apprenticeship Week

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The 7th annual Department of Labor National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) will take place November 15 – 21, 2021.

Department of Labor Workforce Resource Center

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The DOL State Resources Finder provides a list of websites that businesses may find useful for workforce issues. Resources cover the following topics: employee training, hiring, human resources planning, legal and admin

HIPAA, COVID-19 Vaccinations, and the Workplace

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights issued guidance to help the public understand when the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy Rule applies to disclosures and requests for information about whether a person has received a COVID-19 vaccine.

New Job Quality Initiative

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The Department of Commerce launched their new Job Quality Initiative. The initiative is aimed at helping American employers become more competitive by providin

Are You Registered To Vote?

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There is no more powerful way to impact our regulatory and legislative advocacy efforts than participating on election day.

Work Opportunity Tax Credit

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In a recent US Department of Labor blog, the DOL highlighted the Work Opportunity Tax Credit and the benefit it can have for both employers and job seekers.

FMCSA Regulatory Guidance Tool

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The FMCSA  provides an easy to use web portal that is a searchable, indexed database that contains links to all guidance documents in effect from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

OSHA Addresses Heat-Related Illnesses

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OSHA announced they are initiating enhanced measures to protect workers better in hot environments and reduce the dangers of exposure to ambient heat.

ABMA Outlines Vaccine Mandate Concerns to OSHA

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On Friday, September 17th, ABMA Government Affairs Associate Pat Rita and ABMA Director of Legislative & Regulatory Affairs Kirk Ives attended a U.S. Small Business Association (SBA) sponsored meeting with OSHA officials and other interested parties on a number of workplace safety issues, most importantly, President Biden’s proposed vaccine mandate and testing requirements for employers with 100 or more employees.

ABMA Vaccine Mandate Survey Results

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Last week, President Biden announced that the Department of Labor is preparing to mandate that all businesses with 100 or more workers require their employees to either get vaccinated or face mandatory weekly testing. We wanted to know where you stand. The results are in.

IRS Reporting Guidance on Qualified Leave Wages

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The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service issued Notice 2021-53, which provides guidance to employers about reporting on Form W-2 the amount of qualified sick and family leave wages paid to employees for leave taken in 2021.

SBA Virtual Small Business Week

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The U.S. Small Business Administration’s National Small Business Week Virtual Summit event is happening September 13-15, 2021.

FMCSA Updates Hours-of-Service Waiver for Trucking

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced an extension of the current exemptions which provide regulatory relief for commercial motor vehicle operations providing direct assistance in support of emergency relief efforts related to COVID-19.

SBA COVID-19 Relief Options

The U.S. Small Business Administration offers a number of relief programs and counseling opportunities for small businesses affected by COVID-19.  Read more here.

DOL Coronavirus Resources

The U.S. Department of Labor has compiled a Coronavirus resource page that can help businesses navigate questions on vaccines, workplace safety, unemployment, and much more. Read more here.

OSHA’s Current Workplace COVID Guidance

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This guidance is intended to help employers and workers not covered by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA’s) COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS)…