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ESOP Association Resources

May. 04
In this special 24-page issue get ideas on managing in a crisis, help planning for the reopening of your workplace, news of TEA’s expanding advocacy efforts and member benefits, updates on new webinars, and more!
Apr. 03
April ESOP Report Now Available
The April edition of the ESOP Report is now available online for members of TEA.
This month's edition is special. In our expanded ESOP Report you will find articles about all the new member benefits we are providing to help our members weather the current health and financial crisis. We hope this month's newsletter becomes a valuable resource for your employee owners or, for our professional members, your clients. 
Ownership Advantage, Legal Update, Congressional Testimony, Daniel Goldstein, House testimony, Sen. Sanders, ESOP Insurance, Redeem, Recycle
Feb. 27
Member Daniel Goldstein testifies before Congress on behalf of The ESOP Association, saying regulations and help with loans must be addressed now.
Ownership Advantage, Legal Update, Washington Report, Jodi Lamb, Kevin Korenthal, ESOP Contributions, Allocations, Nydia Velazquez, ESOP PAC, SRCC Meeting
Jan. 30
ESOP Association makes a strategic investment in chapter support. 
ESOP Report, Legal Update, Amanda Rushing, AACE, Ownership Advantage, S 177, HR 2258, ESOP Transactions, CEO
Jan. 07
ESOP Association launches a new member database and new website.
ESOP Report, Legal Update, Ownership Advantage, Foundation, EOF, Valuation, Resource
Nov. 01
A new era begins for Employee Ownership Foundation fundraising.
ESOP Report, Legal Update, Ownership Advantage, Turcot, Foundation, EOF, Washington Report, DOL, Economic Performance Survey, Resource
Oct. 01
Results released for the 2019 Economic Performance Survey.
ESOP Report, Legal Update, Ownership Advantage, Washington Report, President's Corner, Selling an ESOP, Financial Literacy, Employee Ownership Foundation, Resource
Sep. 01

Employee Ownership Foundation launches new website.  

ESOP Report, Legal Update, Ownership Advantage, President's Corner, Gwenn Rosenthal, Resource
Aug. 01

Employee Ownership Month resources are now available.  

ESOP Report, Legal Update, Ownership Advantage, President's Corner, Kristie Marks, Washington Report, Employee Owned, Resource
Jul. 01

News about Employee Owned 2019, the Conference and Trade Show for ESOPs.  

ESOP Report, Legal Update, Ownership Advantage, President's Corner, Washington Report, Trustee Idemnification, Advocacy, ESOP Audits, National Conference, Resource
Jun. 01

A recap of the 2019 National Conference in Washington, DC.  

ESOP Report, Legal Update, Ownership Advantage, President's Corner, Washington Report, Stock Drop Cases, Advocacy, Gary Shorman, Ali Jamshidi, Karen Ellis, DOL, Resource
May. 01

Rep. Guthrie elicits key on-the-record comments from Labor Secretary Acosta.  

ESOP Report, Legal Update, Ownership Advantage, President's Corner, Washington Report, Distribution Delays, Constellis, Advocacy, National Conference, Resource
Apr. 01
Frank Luntz to provide insights on communicating in an employee owner environment in keynote remarks at National Conference.
ESOP Report, Legal Update, Ownership Advantage, President's Corner, Washington Report, Arbitration, National Conference, Resource
Mar. 01
National Conference offers great content for members of ESOP committees.
ESOP Brief, Repurchase Obligation, Valuation, Resource
Feb. 25
Understanding the repurchase obligation and its effect on an ESOP company’s valuation.
ESOP Brief, Repurchase Obligation, Opportunity Cost, New Present Value, Redeem, Recycle, Resource
Feb. 25
Using opportunity cost to understand the true cost of the repurchase obligation on an ESOP company’s share price.
ESOP Brief, Synthetic Equity, Warrants, Options, Valuation, Resource
Feb. 25
Written for ESOP fiduciaries and trustees, this Brief discusses the interplay of synthetic equity, warrants, and various valuation methods.
ESOP Report, Legal Update, Ownership Advantage, President's Corner, Washington Report, Engagement, Vesting, Fitz-Gerald, Bonham, Resource
Feb. 10

New ESOP Association CEO announced.

Resource, ESOP Brief, ESOP Benefits, Succession Planning, Tax Benefits, Financing, Leveraged ESOP, Diversification
Jan. 29
A basic guide summarizing the unique benefits Employee Stock Ownership Plans offer to owners, employees, and communities. This ESOP Brief is available to the public as an informational resource.
ESOP Report, Legal Update, Ownership Advantage, Washington Report, Wealth Distribution, Valuation, Social Media, Plan Records, Resource
Jan. 01

A pro-ESOP bill is introduced in the Senate.  

ESOP Brief, Dividends, 404(k), Resource
Dec. 20
There are various tax incentives to encourage companies to consider an ESOP. This Brief discusses an employer’s ability to use tax deductible funds to service ESOP debt and the advantages of deductible cash dividends.
ESOP Brief, Distributions, Put Option, Resource
Dec. 20
A guide to the rules surrounding ESOP distributions including an overview of The Put Option.
ESOP Brief, Repurchase Obligation, Resource
Dec. 20
Both S corporation and C corporation ESOP companies must be prepared to pay cash equal in value to stock in a participant’s account, per ERISA distributions rules.
ESOP Brief, Repurchase Obligation, Redeem, Recycle, Opportunity Cost, Resource
Dec. 20
This ESOP Brief introduces the concept of opportunity cost and the implications for share price when private companies devote resources to fund repurchase obligations.
ESOP Brief, Repurchase Obligation, Valuation, Recycle, Redeem, Resource
Dec. 20
This ESOP Brief explains how an ESOP company’s repurchase obligation should be understood and managed, and how the repurchase obligation associated with the ESOP should be reflected in the valuation.
ESOP Brief, Leveraged ESOPs, Convertible Stock, Financing, Resource
Dec. 20
How to use convertible preferred stock in an ESOP.
ESOP Brief, Valuation, Adequate Consideration, Resource
Dec. 19
This Brief answers important questions you may have about ESOP stock valuation, including who may value a stock and how valuations occur.
ESOP Brief, Fair Market Value, Economic Value, Valuation, Distributions, Repurchase Obligation, Resource
Dec. 19
A summary of the valuation issues S corporations can encounter. This is a highly technical ESOP Brief.
ESOP Brief, Leveraged ESOPs, Non-leveraged ESOPs, Financing, Resource
Dec. 19
This Brief describes common accounting practices for non-leveraged and leveraged ESOPs.
ESOP Brief, ESOP Plan Design, Repurchase Obligation, Resource
Dec. 17
A summary of the key steps involved in designing and implementing an ESOP for a privately held company.
ESOP Brief, Tax Benefits, 1042, Dividends, Resource
Dec. 17
A guide to the tax advantages of ESOPs for business planning including both C Corporation and S Corporation tax advantages.
ESOP Brief, Tax Benefits, 1042, Dividends, Why Sell to an ESOP, Resource
Dec. 17
A summary of the mechanics and rules of the tax-free 1042 rollover and related matters.
ESOP Brief, Tax Benefits, Leveraged ESOPs, ESOP Financing, Resource
Dec. 17
A broad overview of the unique characteristics and advantages of ESOP financing as compared with conventional debt financing.
ESOP Brief, Culture, Productivity, Resource
Dec. 17
Why should you consider employee ownership in your company? Does it work? What are the advantages? These questions and more answered in this ESOP Brief.
ESOP Brief, Benefits, Retirement Benefits, Diversification, Distributions, Resource
Dec. 17
A broad overview of how ESOPs compare to other employee benefit plans, like 401(k) plans, and what the benefits of ESOPs are to employee owners.
ESOP Brief, KSOPs, 401(k), Resource
Dec. 17
A summary of how ESOPs and 401(k) plans can work together to benefit the employee owner and the employer.
ESOP Brief, Performance, Revenue, Productivity, Resource
Dec. 17
ESOPs can impact corporate performance in a number of important and beneficial ways.
ESOP Brief, Policy, Employee Ownership, Resource
Dec. 17
An overview of why employee ownership should be a part of national public policy. This is a must-read for executives, owners, and anyone with a stake in the employee ownership community.
ESOP Brief, Voting, Voting Rights, Resource
Dec. 17
A breakdown of the voting rights of ESOP stock participants and beneficiaries.
ESOP Brief, Retirement Benefits, Diversification, Distributions, Resource
Dec. 17
ESOP participants nearing retirement age have the option, by law, to diversify a portion of their ESOP stock. This ESOP Brief discusses why and how participants may consider this option.
ESOP Brief, Tax Benefits, 1042, Dividends, 404(k), 409(p), Resource
Dec. 17
S corporation election can result in substantial tax savings at the corporate level, but some factors may not make S election viable for all companies.
ESOP Brief, Fiduciary Liability, Trustee, Prohibited Transaction, Self Dealing, Adequate Consideration, Breach, Resource
Dec. 06
A guide to the ERISA rules all ESOP fiduciaries need to know to fulfill their obligations.
ESOP Report, Resource, Legal Update, Ownership Advantage, PBGC, Washington Report, ESOP PAC, Valuation, Lifetouch, Culture, AACE
Dec. 01
Deadlines loom for AACE and EOM Poster competitions.
Resource, ESOP Report, Legal Update, Ownership Advantage, Washington Report, Economic Performance Survey, Valuation, Insufficient Assets, Employee Ownership Month
Nov. 01
Members of The ESOP Association and the public show even greater interest in celebrating Employee Ownership Month.
Resource, ESOP Report, Legal Update, Ownership Advantage, Washington Report, President's Corner, Releveraging, Foundation
Sep. 01
Ownership culture runs deep at Gardener's Supply Company, the 2018 ESOP Company of the Year.
Resource, ESOP Report, Legal Update, Ownership Advantage, Washington Report, President's Page, Arbitration, Plan Termination, Economic Performance Survey, EBSA
Aug. 01
Meet Luke Deets, 2018 Employee Owner of the Year.
Resource, ESOP Report, Legal Update, Ownership Advantage, Washington Report, President's Page, ESOP PAC, Former Employee
Jul. 01
The ESOP Association takes ESOP advocacy overseas.
Resource, ESOP Report, Legal Update, Ownership Advantage, Washington Report, President's Page, C Corporations, AACE Winners, Annual Conference
Jun. 01
The Annual Conference confirms that we are all Better Together.
Resource, ESOP Report, Legal Update, Ownership Advantage, Washington Report, President's Page, ESOP Communication Committee, Fitz-Gerald
May. 01
One ESOP bill passes in the House, another is introduced in the Senate. 
Resource, ESOP Report, Legal Update, Ownership Advantage, Washington Report, President's Page, ESOP PAC, Distribution, SBA, Foundation, Stock Sale, Asset Sale, Voluntary Correction Program
Apr. 01
Congress takes two actions in support of ESOPs.
Resource, ESOP Report, Legal Update, Ownership Advantage, Washington Report, President's Page, Velazquez, Chabot, Minor Beneficiaries
Mar. 01
Pro-ESOP bill H.R. 5236 is passed quickly, unanimously by House committee.
Resource, ESOP Report, Legal Update, Ownership Advantage, Washington Report, President's Page, Valuation, Beneficiary Designation
Feb. 01
The Impact of Tax Reform on ESOP C and S Corporation Business Valuations.
Resource, ESOP Report, Legal Update, Ownership Advantage, Washington Report, DOL, Foundation, Compliance Testing, Communication, EBSA, Employee Ownership Month
Jan. 10
Shifting views on personal property just might open the door to greater employee ownership.
Resource, ESOP Report, Legal Update, Ownership Advantage, Washington Report, President's Page, TPA, Communication, Foundation, Kelso Fellows
Jan. 01
A report from the 2018 Kelso Workshop.
Resource, ESOP Report, Legal Update, Ownership Advantage, Washington Report, President's Page, Safe Harbor, Layoffs, EBSA, Economic Performance Survey
Dec. 01
Research shows that employee owned firms are dramatically better at retention.
Resource, ESOP Report, Legal Update, Ownership Advantage, Washington Report, President's Page, DOL, Mullins, Kelso Fellows, AACE
Nov. 01
Time for change at the Department of Labor.
Resource, ESOP Report, Legal Update, Ownership Advantage, Washington Report, President's Page, DOL, Mullins, Kelso Fellows, AACE
Oct. 01
Responding to a hurricane, the ESOP way.
Resource, ESOP Report, Legal Update, Ownership Advantage, Washington Report, President's Page, Repurchase Obligation Study, Tax Reform, Overvaluation
Sep. 01
SJE-Rhombus, 2017 ESOP Company of the Year.
Resource, ESOP Report, Legal Update, Ownership Advantage, Washington Report, President's Page, Notifications, Strategic Planning, Stock Drop, EBSA
Aug. 01
Carl Morgan, 2017 Employee Owner of the Year.
Resource, ESOP Report, Legal Update, Ownership Advantage, Washington Report, President's Page, Letitia James, Repurchase Liability, Cindy Turcot, ESOP Plan Design
Jun. 01
Can ESOPs help keep companies in business in New York City?
Resource, ESOP Report, Legal Update, Ownership Advantage, Washington Report
May. 01
Large, high-energy crowd shares the love for ESOPs at the 2017 Annual Conference.
Resource, ESOP Research, Legal Update, Ownership Advantage, Washington Report, President's Page, Coaching, Data Errors, Kelso Fellows, Foundation, H.R. 2092, S. 1212
Apr. 01
A new pro-ESOP bill is introduced in the House.
Resource, ESOP Report, Legal Update, Ownership Advantage, Washington Report, President's Page, Prohibited Transaction
Mar. 01
ESOPs: The answer for retaining jobs?
Resource, ESOP Report, Legal Update, Ownership Advantage, Washington Report, President's Page, Control Premiums, ESOP Loan, Fiduciary Rule, Gary Shorman, Butler, Becker
Feb. 01
A cure for political disagreement.
Resource, ESOP Report, Legal Update, Ownership Advantage, Washington Report, President's Page, 1042, Related Party Deduction, Susan Collins, Kelly Ayotte, Gary Shorman, Ali Jamshidi, Missy Pieske
Jan. 07
ESOPS: A truly American invention.
Resource, ESOP Report, Legal Update, Ownership Advantage, Washington Report, President's Page, Distribution Policy, Stock Drop, Tax Reform, ESOP Loan, ESOP PAC, Kelso Symposium
Jan. 01
Big changes, new programs are in store for TEA’s 2017 Annual Conference.