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.
House Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Workforce Protections Hearing
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.
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 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...
HB2 repeal may bring economic benefits for N.C.
“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.
New Polling Shows that Small Businesses Strongly Support Paid Family and Medical Leave
A new poll, commissioned by the Center for American Progress and Small Business Majority, shows that 70 percent of small-business owners support a national paid family and medical leave insurance program.
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...
What they said: Groups respond to HB2 repeal
If lawmakers truly want to prevent more damage to the state’s economy and small businesses, they should allow local governments to pass nondiscrimination ordinances; or even better, the state should pass a law that ends discrimination once and for all. That is the only way to show that North Carolina is truly open for business to everyone. — Erik Rettig, Mid-Atlantic director, Small Business Majority
Colorado must step up as Trump and Congress attack financial protections
Colorado can rise above the chaos in Washington by writing our own high state standards that ensure working Coloradans get a fair shot at the American Dream. That’s why groups like AARP Colorado, Small Business Majority, Young Invincibles, Generation Latino, the NAACP and the Bell Policy Center are championing proposals that fend off predatory lending or create easy access to low-fee retirement plans.
Columbus to begin offering Paid Family leave for city employees
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The City of Columbus will soon offer its employees Paid Family leave.
In a press conference Wednesday, the city announced the policy will offer city workers four weeks of paid leave for parents, and two weeks to care for a sick family member at 70 percent of normal pay.
Frustration replaces optimism on Main Street as health-care reform fails
But not all groups are disappointed. Small Business Majority, another nonpartisan advocacy group, said the ACHA would have created more instability in the insurance market.
"Entrepreneurs around the country have been saying they don't want or need another health care overhaul — what they need is quality, affordable health coverage for themselves and their employees so they can focus on running their businesses," CEO John Arensmeyer said in a statement.