Author Archives: Ken Schramko

Department of Labor Releases RFI to Seek Information on Overtime Regulations

By Ken Schramko, government relations director This week, the Department of Labor (DOL) released a Request for Information (RFI) to gather additional feedback from the public on the overtime regulations, which define and delimit exemptions from the Fair Labor Standards Act’s minimum wage and overtime requirements for certain executive, administrative, professional, outside sales and other […]

IPC Welcomes Executive Order on Strengthening the U.S. Defense Industrial Base

By Ken Schramko, government relations director Last Friday, President Trump signed an executive order on “Assessing and Strengthening the Manufacturing and Defense Industrial Base and Supply Chain Resiliency of the United States.” According to Nextgov, Peter Navarro, Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy (OTMP), […]

USTR Seeking Public Comments on NAFTA

On May 18, the Trump Administration formally notified Congress of its intent to commence negotiations with Canada and Mexico with respect to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). As stipulated by the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 (TPA), this notification triggers a 90-day period before negotiations with Canada and Mexico […]

What will Happen to the DOL Final Overtime Rule with the New Administration?

IPC continues to address issues with the Department of Labor (DOL) final overtime rule on its own and by working with the Partnership to Protect Workplace Opportunity—the coalition of companies and associations from many different industries. IPC’s significant concerns with the final rule are that it neglects to consider regional pay differences, wage compression on […]

Court Issues Preliminary Injunction Halting DOL Overtime Rule

A federal judge on Tuesday blocked the Department of Labor final overtime rule that would double the minimum salary threshold for salaried employees, indefinitely postponing the December 1 effective date while he weighs challenges to the rule. IPC has been mobilizing our members on this issue for months; and we’ve collaborated with the Partnership to Protect Workplace Opportunity, a broad-based business coalition, in advocacy […]

IPC Applauds Passage of the 2015 PATH Act

Corporate Tax Reform bill will benefit IPC members U.S. federal tax policy heavily influences all U.S. businesses, including manufacturing. Given the importance of this issue, IPC’s government relations team is very active on matters of U.S. tax policy. With input from our members, and on their behalf, IPC advocates for corporate tax rates and incentives […]

Congressional Passage of ‘Tax Extenders’ Bill Is Great News for U.S. Electronics Manufacturers

IPC’s Persistent Advocacy Contributes to Bipartisan Victory IPC – Association Connecting Electronics Industries® today is applauding the U.S. Congress for enacting meaningful tax reform legislation, including making the research and development (R&D) tax credit permanent. The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act would revive more than 50 temporary tax provisions that expired in 2014, including […]

Tax Extenders Bill Passed

This week, the U.S. Senate passed legislation known as the tax extenders bill by a vote of 76 to 16, which passed the U.S. House of Representatives earlier this month. The bill is now on its way to President Obama who is expected to sign the bill. The following tax extenders were among the provisions […]

U.S. Congress Holds Briefing on National Network for Manufacturing Innovation

Yesterday, the four lead sponsors of the Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation (RAMI) Act (S. 1468 & H.R. 2996), Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Roy Blunt (R-MO), and Representatives Tom Reed (R-NY) and Joseph Kennedy (D-MA), jointly hosted a special congressional briefing on the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI). Secretary of Commerce, Penny Pritzker […]

RAMI Act Passes U.S. House of Representatives

Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2996 the Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation (RAMI) Act. Viewed as a critical piece of legislation in America’s renewed effort to preserve and recapture manufacturing jobs, the RAMI Act focuses efforts to spur innovation and capitalize on emerging manufacturing technologies. “On behalf of IPC and our 2,200 […]