President Donald Trump has said repeatedly that he wants to create a paid maternity leave program. During a recent address to Congress he even went a step further, pledging to work with both parties to craft legislation that would benefit new dads as well as new moms. If the new administration is serious about advancing paid parental leave, it should get behind proposed legislation that would create a national paid family and medical leave program, which small businesses overwhelmingly support based on the results of a new survey.
All in the FAMILY: Small Businesses Support National Paid Leave Program
Lawmakers should OK the Family Act
Last week, Columbus unveiled a new paid family leave policy for city workers, thanks to leadership from Councilwoman Elizabeth Brown. While this is a good first step for City employees, we need to do more to level the playing field for all employers, particularly small businesses.
I decided to provide 1o weeks of paid parental leave to all employees at Geben Communication, because I know that investing in my employees is good for their families and my bottom line. But I recognize that many entrepreneurs don’t have the resources to offer these benefits, which is why we need the...
Covered California's small-biz program is gaining traction
But now, “we are actually seeing lower (rate) increases in the small-group market,” said Mark Herbert, California director for Small Business Majority,
Support for Colorado family leave legislation
Next week, state lawmakers will consider House Bill 1307, which would create a family medical leave insurance program here in Colorado. This would help more small businesses like mine take care of our employees, which is crucial to retaining a loyal, talented workforce.
I started my engineering firm with the hope of creating a more family-friendly work environment, and I’m proud to say my employees have never had to choose between their careers and their health or their family’s needs. Many small employers think of their employees like family. So it’s no surprise that new polling...
Letters to the editor April 8: Improve health act
While I am relieved by the failure of the American Health Care Act, talks of reviving the bill concern me as a small-business owner. My salon, Resilient Beauty Bar, has been open for almost 15 years, and I can tell you firsthand that this replacement plan would have had a devastating impact on the small-business community.
Thanks to the affordable coverage I receive through Covered California, the state’s health marketplace, I have been able to reallocate funds normally spent on health care to invest in my growing business. However, my plans for expansion continue to be on hold, as...
North Carolina Small Businesses Need a Clean Repeal of HB 2
Across the Tar Heel State, small businesses brighten up main streets, drive innovation and provide a paycheck to nearly half of the private sector workforce. In a state that’s known as a research and innovation hub and a basketball powerhouse, entrepreneurs depend on a steady stream of tourists, loyal customers and talented employees to keep their businesses thriving. That’s why the fallout over HB 2, the state’s anti-LGBT law, has been particularly harmful to small firms. While the state legislature passed a replacement measure for HB 2 last week, many entrepreneurs are concerned the new...
Small businesses don't want another health care overhaul
The decision by House Speaker Paul Ryan to pull the American Health Care Act, the Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, from the voting docket last week was welcome news for small-business owners across the country. If the replacement plan had moved forward, it would have been devastating for entrepreneurs who struggled to obtain health coverage for themselves and their employees prior to the ACA.
In fact, new polling from Small Business Majority found small businesses prefer the ACA to the AHCA by a 2-1 ratio. The survey also found small businesses opposed...
House Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Workforce Protections Hearing
Complaints that most small businesses cannot handle job-protected leave are baseless. It's past time we extend FMLA protections to employees in smaller businesses. Indeed, new Small Business Majority data shows that 71 percent of small business owners surveyed nationwide would support dropping the FMLA business size threshold to 20 employees from its current level of 50.
Now, make the health care law better
As one of Portland's many small business owners, I am relieved by the decision to remove the American Health Care Act, the Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, from the House's voting docket.
The ACA is the first legislation to come along that has helped my business buy health insurance for my employees. It should come as no surprise then that new polling from Small Business Majority found nearly six in 10 small business owners support the ACA, and prefer it to the replacement plan by a 2:1 ratio. Thanks to the tax credits provided by the ACA, I...
Majority of the Public Relived AHCA Failed
New polling from Small Business Majority found small businesses prefer the ACA to the AHCA by a 2-to-1 ratio. There were reports yesterday from Washington saying that the Republican plan for health care is not dead yet and that another attempt to pass it might come before the end of the year.
Small businesses prefer Obamacare over GOP plan
The Speaker’s decision to pull the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), from the voting docket was welcome news for small business owners across the country.
If the replacement plan had moved forward, it would have been devastating for entrepreneurs who struggled to obtain health coverage for themselves and their employees prior to the ACA.
New polling from Small Business Majority found small businesses prefer the ACA to the AHCA by a 2-to-1 ratio. The survey also found small businesses opposed key...
Overturn HB2 completely
Last week state lawmakers passed HB142, an HB2 compromise bill which leaves in place key aspects of the original law, including preventing municipalities from enacting local non-discrimination protections until 2020. This so-called compromise legislation is just as discriminatory as HB 2, and lawmakers need to repeal this in full to promote an inclusive business environment in North Carolina.
As one of the owners of Ponysaurus Brewing here in Durham, I can attest that H 2 has been bad for business. Craft brewing is a tourist-reliant industry, and like many other small businesses, I...
Are Small Business Owners Really as Optimistic as They Seem?
Across all ages of small business owners, a cheery outlook on the future doesn't mitigate fear. "Optimism has continued to increase, but we also know that there is a lot of dismay and uncertainty about what's going to happen now," said John Arensmeyer, chief executive officer of the Small Business Majority, a national advocacy organization. "They're optimistic, but they're not investing."
Lawmakers talk paid family leave
"I had preemie twins and I had to take a pretty substantial time amount off," said Dan Turner, a small business owner.
As a father and a small business owner, he knows something about taking leave and giving it. Right now, his company offers three weeks of paid leave. Turner says he'd like to offer more.
"I don’t think its hard to relate to this. We all have problems. Everyone’s got something," he said.
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Mark Equal Pay Day with this overdue fix
Jackson’s current bill, Senate Bill 63, would lower the threshold for job protected family leave to businesses with 20 or more employees – a size so feasible that even the Small Business Majority, which represents some 3.6 million small businesses in the state, supports it.
Opinion: Budget Cuts Hurt Small Business
As a small business owner, I am deeply disappointed that President Donald Trump’s new budget proposal includes cuts to the Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund and a 5 percent cut for the Small Business Administration (SBA). Under this plan, the SBA would see a $12 million reduction in available grants for programs that provide education, resources and growth opportunities for small businesses like mine.
This proposal will lead to cuts to local groups and SBA offices that are providing vital resources to small business owners. Additionally, the cuts to the CDFI...
NCAA needs to stand firm, stay out of North Carolina
"This new bill keeps the most harmful parts of the law intact and is just as bad for small businesses as the original version of the law", said Erik Retting, the mid-Atlantic director for Small Business Majority, a liberal small-business advocacy organization.
Small business prefers ACA
The Speaker’s decision to pull the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), from the voting docket last week was welcome news for small business owners across the country. If the replacement plan had moved forward, it would have been devastating for entrepreneurs who struggled to obtain health coverage for themselves and their employees prior to the ACA.
In fact, new polling from Small Business Majority found small businesses prefer the ACA to the AHCA by a 2:1 ratio. The survey also found small businesses opposed key...
Letter: Small business owners have been helped by ACA
As the owner of a small business here in Utah, I'm vastly relieved by the speaker's decision to remove the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), from the House's voting docket last week.
The ACA helped The King's English, along with other small business owners, gain access to more comprehensive and affordable health coverage. Under the ACA, rates in the small group market are stabilizing, and many small businesses, including our bookstore, have been able to receive tax credits for providing...
Scientific Opinion Poll: Small Businesses Overwhelmingly Support Paid Family Leave Policies
A scientific opinion poll released today shows that an overwhelming majority of small employers support a national paid family and medical leave program, which would be funded by employee and employer contributions. The survey also revealed that the majority of small firms already offer formal or informal family leave policies, many of which are paid.
The internet poll, conducted by Lake Research Partners on behalf of Small Business Majority and the Center for American Progress, found that a vast 7 in 10 owners and operators of small businesses support the Family and Medical...