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Some may view compliance as not necessary, overrated, annoying, a waste of time, and simply harmful to profitability. These are perceptions and as they say, perception is reality. Some employees may be tempted to act unethically when trying to make a deal. After all, the chances of getting caught are slim, right? Well, that’s one way of looking at it. Another way is to ask yourself what’s really more important: flying under the radar? Or satisfying your customers? When it comes to compliance and ethical behavior, the true payoff is customer satisfaction.  It really comes down to one simple premise - your customer’s perception is the only reality that should matter. To learn more about how to gain customer trust, contact info@kpaonline.com.  KPA Read More...

Legislative & Regulatory News

The House voted Thursday to repeal the estate tax, a longtime priority of Republicans that also spurred Democratic charges that the GOP is in the pockets of the rich. The 240-179 vote broke down largely on partisan lines.  The Hill Read More...

Legislative & Regulatory News

Interested parties are waiting on a decision from the World Trade Organization (WTO) on the controversial U.S. country-of-origin labeling (COOL) rule. A decision could open the door for retaliation from Canada and Mexico. Read More...

Legislative & Regulatory News

The General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board has recently issued a memo that puts fine points on what is lawful in employee handbooks. The memo focused on rules related to confidentiality, professional conduct, harassment, trademarks, videography and photography and contacting the media. Read More...

Legislative & Regulatory News

House Ways and Means Chairman Paul Ryan and Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch on Monday wrote to small business leaders, including NAEDA, asking for ideas on how to cut the effective tax rate for businesses that file on the individual side of the tax code. "We are looking for ideas on how to reduce the effective tax rate without reducing the statutory tax rates in a manner that will make small businesses more competitive and better able to invest, grow, hire, and increase wages for their employees," the chairmen wrote. NAEDA will be responding to the request and will make this a top priority issue for the May 20-21 Fly-in. A copy of the letter can be read here. Read More...

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POLITICO reports that, “A smoldering debate over trade is expected to get even hotter after Congress returns from its two-week spring break. Senate Finance Committee leaders Orrin Hatch and Ron Wyden appear poised to introduce a “fast track” trade promotion authority bill along with House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan. But months of closed-door negotiations were continuing on Friday, congressional aides said. The power, largely embraced by Republicans, pits many congressional Democrats, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren and potentially Senate Democratic leader-in-waiting Charles Schumer, against the White House. The measure would allow President Barack Obama to submit free trade agreements to Congress for straight up or down votes without any amendments. It’s seen as key to completing his signature 12-country trade deal known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership pact.” NAEDA supports passage of the trade bill. Read More...

Legislative & Regulatory News

EPA has advanced another, but final Clean Water Act rule with revisions that the EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy promises will address a range of objections raised since it was first proposed a year ago. The final version of the rule was sent to the Office of Management and Budget for review last Friday. Administration officials have said they intend to release the final rule this spring. Read More...

Legislative & Regulatory News

Despite our best efforts and after a four year battle, the NLRB’s Ambush Election rule went into effect on Tuesday, April 14. We remain hopeful a court will overturn the rule in the next few weeks, but as it stands now we expect the rule to go into effect as scheduled. Details on the lawsuits challenging the rule, Congressional efforts to overturn the rule and more information about the rule itself can be found by clicking read more. Read More...

Legislative & Regulatory News

The new timetables EPA announced Friday for dealing with the renewable fuel standard is definitely an indication we are “getting unstuck,” said Christopher Grundler, director of EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality. Read More...

NAEDA & Association News

Every day dealerships collect personal information from consumers, including names, addresses, credit history, phone numbers, bank numbers, and Social Security information. The federal Safeguards Rule, enacted in 2003 and enforced by the Federal Trade Commission, requires dealerships to have a security plan in place that will sufficiently protect client’s confidential information. KPA Read More...

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