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DeLauro Leads More than 100 House Democrats in Reintroducing FAMILY Act

Insurance News Net
Topics:
Family Medical Leave

The following organizations have endorsed the FAMILY Act: 1,000 Days, 9to5, National Association of Working Women, 9to5 California, 9to5 Colorado, 9to5 Georgia, 9to5 Wisconsin, A Better Balance, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Association of University Women (AAUW), American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, American Federation of Teachers, American Pediatric Association, American Psychological Association, American Public Health Association, American Sustainable Business Council , Black Women's Roundtable, Caring Across Generations, Caring Economy...

Treasurer John Chiang Responds to Congressional Threat to California’s Secure Choice Retirement Plan

Public Now
Topics:
Retirement

'Secure Choice, which was approved by the California Legislature and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown just months ago, was supported by AARP, Small Business Majority, many ethnic chambers of commerce, as well as labor and other groups. Significantly, the California Chamber of Commerce, the California Manufacturers and Technology Association and the American Council of Life Insurers did not oppose the legislation in its final form.

Senator Gillibrand Leads Group Of 27 Senators To Reintroduce FAMILY Act »

Public Now
Topics:
Family Medical Leave

The following organizations have endorsed the FAMILY Act: 1,000 Days, 9to5, National Association of Working Women, 9to5 California, 9to5 Colorado, 9to5 Georgia, 9to5 Wisconsin, A Better Balance, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Association of University Women (AAUW), American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, American Federation of Teachers, American Pediatric Association, American Psychological Association, American Public Health Association, American Sustainable Business Council , Black Women's Roundtable, Caring Across Generations, Caring Economy...

Fiduciary Rule Delay Gets Mixed Reaction in Plan Sponsor World

Bloomberg BNA
Topics:
Regulations, Retirement

However, a group that represents small businesses, the Small Business Majority, likes the protections the rule provides.

John Arensmeyer, chief executive officer of the group, in San Francisco, told Bloomberg BNA Feb. 3 that he considers the rule a vital protection for small business owners and their employees. “It’s a no-brainer that small business owners would want their financial advisers to assume fiduciary responsibility,” he said. “We don’t understand why there would be any reasonable objection to this kind of protection.”

ACA uncertainty leaves KC small businesses 'up in the air'

Kansas City Business Journal - Online
Topics:
Healthcare

Feb 6, 2017, 11:33am CST Revised Date/Time Publish Updated Feb 6, 2017, 5:17pm CST

Elise Reuter Reporter Kansas City Business Journal

With sparse details on plans to repeal or replace the ACA, small businesses and insurers are stuck in a holding pattern.

Small businesses in Kansas City are taking a wait-and-see approach when it comes to health care coverage. Though Congress has been abuzz with the promise of an Affordable Care Act repeal, details remain sparse.

"Next year is up in the air pending legislation," CEO Adam Jones wrote.

Dennis Larkin...

Open to all for business

Colorado Springs Gazette
Topics:
Non-discrimination

Open to all for business

HB 1013 marks the third time a religious exemption bill has been proposed in Colorado in the past three years, and I hope it's the last. Legislation like this not only promotes discrimination, but threatens the prosperity of Colorado's small business community.

As the owner of a small business, Color Me Mine, I have no doubt that the passage of bills like HB 1013 would negatively impact our local economy. My business often hosts wedding-related events, like bachelorette parties, and I'm sure these customers would take their dollars to...

Entrepreneurs: Health law changes may mean finding new jobs

The Big Story
Topics:
Healthcare

Josh Lapp, who co-owns Designing Local in Columbus, Ohio, notes that he and his partners in the community planning and design business can't increase what they charge their mostly municipal clients; if their individual health insurance is more expensive, that's something they'll have to absorb.

Lapp was able to quit his full-time job in 2014 because he could buy insurance on the Ohio exchange. But Lapp, who has a pacemaker, is concerned that it might need to be replaced in the future, and isn't sure of the choices.

"The only option I can see at this...

Obamacare repeal through the eyes of St. Louis area residents

Saint Louis Post Dispatch West Post Section [Saint Louis Post-Dispatch]
Topics:
Healthcare

Kleindienst and her husband, Jarek Steele, own Left Bank Books, an independent book store with about a dozen full-time employees in the city’s Central West End. They’ve owned the store for 42 years and have always provided health insurance to their employees.

In the years preceding Obamacare, however, it was becoming more difficult, Kleindienst said. They could only afford to purchase a policy with a high deductible, which made accessing care very difficult for their workers.

“It was getting so expensive, it was a constant source of financial stress for us,” she said. “We had...

Trump's Regulation Order: What It Means For Small Businesses

Forbes
Topics:
Regulations

Only the liberal-leaning Small Business Majority, which in 2012 published its own research finding that regulations come in third among small business concerns, well behind weak demand, had qualms. "In all our conversations with small businesses, the most burdensome regulations are at the state and local level. We don't hear a big hue and cry about federal regulations," John Arensmeyer, the group's president and C.E.O., said in an interview. "Regulations should be considered based on a specific policy objective, not as an abstraction. It's a simplistic...

'Save My Care' advocates in Philly defend Obamacare with personal stories

The Philadelphia Inquirer
Topics:
Healthcare

Andrea Deutsch, a diabetic, wants the pro-business president to know that killing Obamacare would not benefit her small business in Narberth, Spot's — The Place for Paws. "I take four shots a day to keep me alive," she said at Wednesday's event. Losing the ACA, and its prohibition on refusing coverage or hiking up rates for people like Deutsch who have pre-existing conditions would be devastating, she said.

Business Changes Under the Trump Administration

Pro Remodeler
Topics:
Healthcare, Taxes

"We don't think (a repeal) would be realistic. Many small businesses have gotten coverage they wouldn't have gotten otherwise," says John Arensmeyer, CEO of Small Business Majority, quoted in USA Today. Small Business Majority has supported the law.

Linda McMahon, who built a wrestling powerhouse, could face a tough bout in Senate hearing

The Washington Post
Topics:
Healthcare, General Small Business, Regulations, Taxes, Retirement

“Linda McMahon has run an enterprise — although not a typical small business — but it’s unclear what she stands for and how she would address some of the critical issues that the SBA deals with,” said John Arensmeyer, chief executive of Small Business Majority, an advocacy group.

Obamacare, Medicaid-expansion recipients in Ohio fear repeal

The Columbus Dispatch
Topics:
Healthcare

Josh Lapp, 27, has bought his insurance through the government exchange since 2015. He was born with a heart defect and has had a pacemaker since he was 5 years old. When he graduated from college, his goal was to find a job so he'd have health insurance.

The ACA, Lapp said, "ended up being a lifeline" that helped him pursue his dream of starting his own business.

The Downtown resident was able to leave his full-time job and found the urban planning firm Designing Local, all while still getting the intensive medical care he needs.

Lapp said he and his...

Letter: Minimum wage increases benefit all

Fort Collins Coloradoan Online
Topics:
Minimum Wage

Many employers, particularly those in the retail and restaurant industries, gave their employees a raise on Jan. 1 under Colorado's new minimum wage increase. And while there’s still debate as to how this will impact Colorado’s economy, many small business owners actually supported this increase. Here's why.

Lawmakers try again on paid sick leave

WYPR (MD Public Radio)
Topics:
PSD/Benefits

But some Maryland business owners don’t see sick leave that way. Clifton Broumand is the owner and self-proclaimed "big cheese" of Man and Machine, a Landover-based business that manufactures waterproof computer keyboards and mice. He said he has offered his employees paid leave for at least 20 years.

"That’s not being totally altruistic," Broumand said. "I find that if people are concerned with what's going on with their children or their wives or their husbands that they're not fully focused on what needs to be done for the business."

Portland Entrepreneur Explains Why the ACA is Good for Small Businesses

Topics:
Healthcare

ACA repeal a serious blow to small-business owners

The Intelligencer
Topics:
Healthcare

Congress’ promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act later this month is a nightmare for those with preexisting conditions who were refused coverage before the law’s enactment in 2010. As a small business owner who falls into this category, I have personally reaped the benefits of the Affordable Care Act, as it allows me to pay less than half of my pre-ACA coverage costs.

One Thing Small Businesses Don’t Need: ACA Repeal

Morning Consult
Topics:
Healthcare

From tax breaks that benefit the wealthy to keeping the federal minimum wage low, plenty of elected officials mistakenly believe they have things all figured out when it comes to helping businesses thrive. But with the process of dismantling the Affordable Care Act already underway, it is very important to understand why a full repeal of the ACA is one thing small business owners really do not need — or want.

The reality is the ACA has been instrumental in helping small employers and their employees who struggled previously to afford health insurance coverage.

One View: Obamacare helped me to provide insurance for employees, family

Reno Gazette-Journal
Topics:
Healthcare

...who in turn don't need to worry about whether or not they can pay for healthcare. That certainty relieves a lot of anxiety. The peace...

Small business still stand behind minimum wage increase

Denver Post Online, The
Topics:
Minimum Wage

Many Coloradans received a raise on January 1 under the state’s new minimum wage increase. And while there’s still debate as to how this will impact Colorado’s economy, many small business owners actually supported this increase. Here’s why.

Employers who currently pay above the minimum wage have noticed that providing their workers with more financial certainty increases productivity and minimizes distraction. Additionally, higher wages leads to higher employee retention, saving valuable resources that would be otherwise wasted on training.

Perhaps most importantly, higher...

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