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Proposed Overtime Rules Could be Disastrous

Proposed Overtime Rules Could be Disastrous

This week, the U.S. Department of Labor is unveiling highly-anticipated overtime rules that would drastically increase the number of employees that must be paid overtime, regardless of duties or managerial position.

Supreme Court Health Care Decision and Next Steps

With last week’s Supreme Court ruling upholding the Obama Administration’s interpretation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), any prospect for fundamental change to the health care law before 2017 has largely been dashed. However, the hope for more targeted and practical reforms—which have largely been on hold in anticipation of the Court’s ruling—may have brightened […]

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Senate Shows Broad Support for Ex-Im Bank

Last week, the Senate—in a primarily symbolic procedural vote—demonstrated broad support for a long-term reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank of the U.S. (Ex-Im) with 65 Senators voting in support of the Bank.

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House Extends Deadline for Considering Trade Package

Earlier this week, the House gave Republican leadership and President Barack Obama until July 30 to figure out a way to pass Trade Promotion Authority legislation following its failure to proceed under a technical move on June 12.

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House Approves NSBA-Opposed Innovation Act

Late last week, the House Judiciary Committee approved the NSBA-opposed Innovation Act (H.R. 9) 24-8 which, despite changes, still fails to adequately protect small inventors and remains very problematic.

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DOL to Release Independent Contractor Guidance

David Weil, Administrator of the DOL’s Wage and Hour Division, recently stated that his office is preparing to release guidance addressing how to assess whether a worker is properly classified as an independent contractor.

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Bill to Improve Export Promotion for Small Businesses

Recently, House Small Business Committee Chairman Steve Chabot (R-Ohio) and Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) introduced legislation to improve the coordination of federal export promotion resources.

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Committee Markup of Small Business Bills

On June 10, the House Committee on Small Business is holding a markup to consider four legislative measures which would expand capital availability for veteran-owned small businesses, and expand the SBIC and Microloan programs under SBA.

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Forthcoming Overtime Rules Subject of House Hearing

The House Committee on Education and the Workforce held a hearing today to discuss the forthcoming rule from the Department on Labor on overtime and its likely impact on the business community.

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House Remains Uncertain on Trade Promotion Vote

The House could soon consider Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), legislation which would allow the president to enter into reciprocal trade agreements, and passed the Senate last month.

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