Washington Column

Congress Provides Trillions of Dollars to Fund the Federal Government in 2023

On December 29, 2022, President Biden signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023 (the CAA) to fund the federal government through fiscal year 2023. The legislation is considered a “must-pass” bill and, as such, is often used as a vehicle to pass unrelated legislation that may not have the votes to move as a stand-alone […]

Is Your company Eligible for the Employee Retention Credit?

The Employee Retention Credit (ERC) is a refundable tax credit designed to assist businesses in maintaining staff levels during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is still available, and some small businesses may still be able to take advantage of it. The ERC was initiated by the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act passed […]

New Jersey Neonic Ban Coming in 2023

On January 18, 2022, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy (D) signed S.1016, a bill that restricts the outdoor use of neonicotinoid (neonic) pesticides in the state. The bill’s passage followed a 54-21 vote in the Assembly and a 33-6 vote in the Senate. Supporters of the legislation argue that the bill’s passage will protect pollinator […]

Change Looming for Who Qualifies as an Employee vs. Independent Contractor

On October 13, 2022, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) proposed a new regulation (Independent Contractor [IC] Proposal) outlining how the agency, courts and employers should determine whether a worker is an employee or independent contractor under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Simultaneously, the IC Proposal rescinds the Trump-era 2021 regulation (Final Rule) that […]

Congressional Hearing Provides Insight into Wildfire Prevention and Risk Reduction

On September 22, 2022, the House Committee on Financial Services held a hearing, “State of Emergency: Examining the Impact of Growing Wildfire Risk on the Insurance Market,” providing a glimpse into ongoing efforts to reduce wildfire risk, with a focus on California. The discussion included evaluations of today’s environment and how insurance markets identify, mitigate […]

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