Virtual Roundtable Events :
Your local ESOP Association chapter is now offering regularly scheduled virtual roundtables for HR professionals, CFOs, and CEOs. Join your peers in ESOP companies to talk about the pressing issues facing your business and share ideas and solutions.

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May. 13
New funding options may exist for businesses, thanks to a new bill from the House and several potential modifications to existing federal relief programs.
May. 08
Companies that received PPP funds now have an extra week to decide if they should give them back.
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. 27
There has been a clear shift in the political environment propelled by public discussions of certain large, public companies obtaining loans under the Paycheck Protection Program (the “PPP”) authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”), including Shake Shack, Ruth’s Chris and others[1]. During this time, many small businesses have been quoted in the press expressing frustration with their inability to access the PPP program prior to the first round of guarantee authority being exhausted.
 
Apr. 24
New guidance assures that ESOP companies are eligible for key federal relief under the Paycheck Protection Program.
Apr. 24
New guidance and a resource page from the EEOC can help reduce risk as employers make plans to reopen their businesses.
Apr. 22
Congress and the Trump Administration have reached a deal on a new round of coronavirus aid entitled the Paycheck Protection Program Increase Act of 2020. The ESOP Association has remained aggressively engaged with key leaders in Congress and the White House to ensure ESOPs and employee owned businesses remain front of mind as legislation is drafted.
Apr. 08
In response to TEA request, two influential Senators take action to clear the way for ESOPs to receive PPP funds.
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. 
Apr. 02
Sharing these three informational resources with your employee owners can help them grapple with today’s challenges.
Apr. 01
The CARES Act offers credits to businesses that take steps to retain their employees. This Q&A can help ESOP Association members better understand these credits and how they are applied.
Mar. 30
ESOP companies can apply for greatly expanded federal financial assistance that may qualify for partial or full debt forgiveness. Read More
Mar. 26
See how the latest bill for COVID-19 relief, just passed by the Senate, can help ESOP companies grapple with the economic downturn.
Mar. 25
The ESOP Association today sent a letter to the Secretary of Labor asking for emergency plan flexibility, regulatory guidance, and investigatory relief for active or new routine EBSA investigations.
ESOP Association President & CEO Jim Bonham specifically requested that DOL:
Mar. 23
In votes held last night and today, the Senate was unable to move forward on a proposed multi-trillion dollar “Phase 3” piece of legislation that would provide a massive infusion of cash and loan relief for private sector businesses. The legislation is currently stalled over disagreements between Republicans and Democrats over the nature of corporate relief and its uses. 
Mar. 19
These slide decks show the nation's response to COVID-19 in a quick, easy to read format.
Mar. 18
As Congress considers various aid packages for businesses negatively affected by the coronavirus pandemic, The ESOP Association is working to ensure the needs of the ESOP community are part of the discussion.
Mar. 17
H.R. 6201 would expand the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), creating a new form of mostly paid job-protected leave for affected employees. It also would create a new form of immediately available, short-term paid sick leave. These provisions would take effect within 15 days of enactment by the President.
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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 Report, Legal Update, Ownership Advantage, President's Corner, Washington Report, Engagement, Vesting, Fitz-Gerald, Bonham, Resource
Feb. 10

New ESOP Association CEO announced.

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 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.