Recent scientific opinion polling reveals small business and freelancers need more flexible retirement options. The poll found small employers struggle to offer retirement benefits, and are increasingly turning to independent workers to meet their needs. Additionally, small employers overwhelmingly support state-administered retirement savings plans and other policies that would make it easier for them to offer retirement benefits.
Small Business Majority writes a letter in support of California bill AB 2023, which would make the existing Child and Dependent Care Expenses Credit refundable so low- and moderate-income working families can benefit from a tax refund that will help defray the rising costs of child care. This will help put money back in the pockets of working families in the state of California who are struggling to afford the child care they need to participate in the workforce.
Small Business Majority writes in support of California Bill AB 2023, which would make the existing Child and Dependent Care Expenses Credit refundable, expanding benefits to California’s low- and moderate-income working families. The legislation would ensure that money is put back in the pockets of working families in our state who are struggling to afford the child care they need to participate in the workforce.
Chia Basinger, owner of the Sweet Action Ice Cream shop in Denver, CO, testified before the state's Senate State, Veterans, & Military Affairs committee in support of Family Medical Leave Insurance Program (HB17-1001), or FAMLI Act. The bill would provide employees in Colorado with up to 12 weeks of paid leave per year after the birth of a child, to take time off for a personal injury or to care for a seriously ill family member.
Erik Rettig, Mid-Atlantic Director for Small Business Majority, testified on October 10, 2017 in support of implementation of Washington, D.C.'s paid family leave legislation. The law establishes a paid leave system that provides up to eight weeks of paid family and medical leave to allow employees to care for a newborn baby, six to provide care for a family member or two to recuperate themselves from a serious illness. The testimony explained how implementing this law will benefit, not burden, small businesses.
Small Business Majority Colorado Outreach Manager Hunter Railey testified in support of legislation that would create a Secure Choice Retirement Savings Program. Such a program would allow small business owners and employees to have access to a publicly-adminstered retirement savings program without encumbering the adminstrative and cost burdens of such programs.
Kelli Riley, owner of Riley Law, LLC, submitted written testimony in support of legislation pending in Colorado that would create a Secure Choice Retirement Savings Program. Ms. Riley's testimony discussed how difficult it is for small businesses to compete with the benefits packages of larger employers, and how a Secure Choice program in Colorado could help her company compete for top talent.
Small Business Majority offered testimony on the Ohio Fairness Act, which would revise Ohio’s nondiscrimination code to include protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression. The bill will ensure that all of Ohio’s citizens receive equal protections in employment and public accommodations. Implementing nondiscrimination policies improve small businesses' ability to attract and retain the best and brightest employees and help draw in more customers, which is good for business.
Small Business Majority Northeast Director submitted written testimony in support of Connecticut's SB1: An Act Concerning Paid Family and Medical Leave. The bill, which will provide workers in Connecticut with up to 12 weeks of paid leave a year to bond with a new child or care for a seriously ill family member, will benefit business by lowering turnover, boosting productivity and enhancing employee morale.
Colorado Outreach Manager Hunter Railey testified in support of legislation that would create a paid family medical leave program in Colorado. The hearing was called by the Colorado Senate State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Committee. Hunter's testimony explained how the proposed bill, the FAMLI Act, will benefit small businesses by lowering turnover, boosting productivty and enhancing employee morale.