Recent and New Laws for DC Employers to Note Going into 2023
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by Shelley Friedland
1M ago
As the year comes to a close, DC employers should make sure they are complying with several new employment laws that went into effect in 2022 or that will become effective in 2023. Limitations on Non-Compete and Conflict of Interest Policies As of October 1, 2022, the DC law limiting non-competition agreements and employer policies on outside employment became applicable to DC employers, after significant changes were made from the original 2020 ban which never went into effect.  While the current law is less restrictive than the earlier version, as of October 1, 2022, employers with empl ..read more
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Election Season Reminder
Harmon Curran | Nonprofit Law Blog
by Shelley Friedland
3M ago
DC law requires all employers to give requesting employees at least two hours of paid leave to vote in person if the employee would have been scheduled to work during the time that leave is required. Employers can specify the hours that employees take leave including by requiring that the leave be during early voting or at the beginning or end of working hours. Employers must also post a notice of employees’ right to time off to vote in this November election. The notice must be posted conspicuously at all sites where employees report to work and on the employers’ website, if applicable. Other ..read more
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Public Comments on Google’s Political E-Mail Pilot Program FEC Advisory Opinion Due Aug. 5
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by Stephanie Robillard
6M ago
The Republicans are waging war on Google’s spam filter.  On April 26, 2022, the Republic National Committee (RNC), National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), and the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) against Google. The compliant is based on a North Carolina State University study that purports to determine whether the spam filters of three major e-mail providers – Google, Outlook, and Yahoo – expressed a bias in blocking political e-mails during the 2020 election (the study is attached to the complaint ..read more
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Public Comment Period Opens for Changes to Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) Regulations
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by Shelley Friedland
1y ago
The National Security Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ) is seeking public comment about potential “clarifying” and “modernizing” changes to the regulations implementing the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), presenting an opportunity for those in the regulated community to provide their views on the public record.  This presents a rare and important opportunity for nonprofits, particularly those that engage in public education and advocacy activities in the United States and who receive or may receive funds from foreign sources, to comment on the public record about a law t ..read more
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Act Now to Provide Final COBRA Premium Subsidy Expiration Notices
Harmon Curran | Nonprofit Law Blog
by Shelley Friedland
1y ago
As discussed in our April 28, 2021 blog post concerning COBRA (and state mini-COBRA) premium subsidies under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, employers and plan administrators are required to notify employees and former employees who have made a COBRA or mini-COBRA election when the federal subsidies that pay for the costs of their health insurance premiums are about to end.  This notice must be provided 15-45 days before the individual’s premium will no longer be paid for through the federal subsidy. The notice must explain that the individual’s assistance will expire soon, the expi ..read more
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Compliance Reminder: Regular Election Cycle Housekeeping for Your Federal PAC
Harmon Curran | Nonprofit Law Blog
by Christine Hopkinson
1y ago
Now is a great time to perform regular housekeeping for your federal political committee (aka PAC) before the 2021-2022 election cycle heats up. Here are three steps organizations with federal PACs should consider taking to enhance compliance: Review the information about your federal PAC on file with the Federal Election Commission (FEC). If you can’t find the PAC’s most recent Statement of Organization (also called a Form 1) in your records, you can obtain it by searching the FEC’s Filings. Included on this form are: Name, address, email address, and website of the PAC Type of PAC Name of ..read more
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Employers Must Act Quickly to Comply with COBRA Premium Subsidies under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021
Harmon Curran | Nonprofit Law Blog
by Shelley Friedland
1y ago
As part of the recently passed American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA), many employees who have lost their jobs or whose hours have been reduced may be eligible for a 100 percent health insurance premium subsidy for up to six months of health insurance continuation coverage. Employers are required to notify certain employees and former employees of these rights and, in most cases, to advance the cost of the subsidy, which employers can recover through a payroll tax credit.  The subsidy is available for continuation coverage required by the federal COBRA law applicable to group health plan ..read more
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Increase to the Federal Lobbying Disclosure Act’s Expenditure-Based Registration Threshold Announced
Harmon Curran | Nonprofit Law Blog
by Shelley Friedland
1y ago
Effective January 1, 2021, nonprofit organizations employing in-house lobbyists, as defined under the federal Lobbying Disclosure Act (LDA), are exempt from the LDA’s requirement to register if their total lobbying expenditures do not exceed (and are not expected to exceed) $14,000 during the quarter in which registration would otherwise be required. This is a $1,000 increase from the most recent adjustment made in 2017. Lobbying firms that work on behalf of multiple clients are generally required to register separately for each client. However, a lobbying firm is exempt from registration for ..read more
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FEC Contribution Limits 2021-2022
Harmon Curran | Nonprofit Law Blog
by Shelley Friedland
1y ago
The Federal Election Commission (FEC) has released updated contribution limits for the 2021-2022 campaign cycle. Certain of these campaign contribution limits are indexed every odd-numbered year for inflation. The limit on what an individual may give to a federal candidate has increased to $2,900 per election, up from $2,800. (Note that a primary and a general election are considered two different elections). The limit on what an individual may give to a national political party committee has increased to $36,500 per calendar year, up from $35,500. Other contribution limits are displayed in th ..read more
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2021 Inflation Adjustments
Harmon Curran | Nonprofit Law Blog
by Shelley Friedland
1y ago
The IRS has announced inflation-adjusted rates and limits for 2021, some of which have changed since 2020. Low Cost Article The unrelated business income of certain tax-exempt organizations does not include proceeds from the distribution of “low cost articles” related to charitable solicitations (such as mugs or key chains imprinted with the organization’s logo). For the 2021 tax year, a low cost article is an article costing $11.30 or less, a ten cent increase from 2020. 2021: $11.30 2020: $11.20 Other Insubstantial Benefits In Revenue Procedure 90-12 (as amplified by Rev. Proc. 92-49 and mod ..read more
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