Category Archives: Government

EEOC to Require Employers with 100 or More Employees to Disclose Pay Data

In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), the U. S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) proposes a revision to an employer form to include collecting pay data from employers. The current Employer Information Report (EEO-1) collects data about employees’ … Continue reading






IRS Proposes New Non-Discrimination Requirements for Retirement Plans

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 … Continue reading






USCIS Proposes Amendments to High-Skilled Visa Regulations for Permanent and Temporary Workers

January 11, 2016 – 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 … Continue reading






ADVOCACY URGES DEPARTMENT of VETERAN AFFAIRS (VA) TO ISSUE AN INITIAL REGULATORY FLEXIBLITY ANALYSIS FOR PUBLIC COMMENT

Washington, D.C. – January 5, 2016 – On November 6, 2015, VA published a proposed rulemaking to clarify eligibility requirements for Veteran and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned small businesses to obtain “verified” status to participate in the VA’s Veterans First Contracting Program. … Continue reading






SBA Launches New Online “Lender Toolkit”

Small business lenders now have access to more in-depth information and resources on U.S. Small Business Administration loan programs through the new Lender Toolkit on the agency’s recently redesigned website. The new site strengthens SBA collaboration with its lending partners, … Continue reading






SBA Honors Nation’s Best Small Businesses

Winners to Gather in Washington D.C. During National Small Business Week Small Business Person of the Year winners from 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Guam will converge on Washington, D.C. in mid May … Continue reading






U.S. Commerce Department Taps Chicago Business Leader to be its Liaison to the Private Sector

The U.S. Commerce Department today announced that Matthew T. McGuire will be joining the agency as Assistant to the Secretary and Director of the Office of Business Liaison.  In this position, he will be leading the Department’s efforts to engage the business … Continue reading






SBA Proposes Increase in Size Standards To Expand Eligibility for Small Business Programs

A proposed rule published today for comment in The Federal Register by the U.S. Small Business Administration would adjust the size definition of small businesses in professional, scientific and technical services and other services sectors. The proposed revisions would increase the … Continue reading






U.S. Commerce Department Announces Launch of i6 Green Challenge to Promote Clean Energy Innovation and Economic Growth

The U.S. Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) and its Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship today announced the opening of its $12 million i6 Green Challenge in partnership with the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Energy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the National Science Foundation, and Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology and U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. ‪






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SBA Announces Grants Available for State Trade, Export Promotion

Beginning March 1, states can apply for grants from the U.S. Small Business Administration to support efforts to increase exporting by small businesses. The State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) pilot grant initiative is authorized to provide up to $90 million in grants to states over the next three years.






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