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Press Release Date:
Wednesday, 19 April, 2017

Statement by Tim Gaudette, Colorado Outreach Manager for Small Business Majority, on why the Colorado House’s vote today to pass retirement savings legislation will benefit small employers in the state

The Colorado House of Representatives’ decision today to approve HB17-1290, the Colorado Secure Choice Savings Plan, will help small employers that struggle to provide retirement benefits to their employees.

The Secure Choice Savings Plan seeks to establish a public-private partnership that would allow private-sector employees to contribute to an individual retirement savings account through modest payroll deductions. This would help small business owners offer retirement savings benefits with minimal requirements on their businesses. 

Topic:
Retirement
Press Release Date:
Tuesday, 18 April, 2017

Statement by Tim Gaudette, Colorado Outreach Manager for Small Business Majority, on why the Colorado Senate’s failure today to pass anti-LGBT legislation will benefit small employers in the state

 

The Colorado Senate’s decision today to reject SB17-283, which would have allowed business owners to refuse service to anyone with whom they disagree, including on the basis of their religious beliefs, was the best outcome for our state’s small businesses and economy. This cruel measure was little more than a thinly veiled attempt to pass a religious exemption bill, one of which was already rejected earlier this legislative session.

Topic:
Non-discrimination
Press Release Date:
Monday, 10 April, 2017

Interactive roundtable discussion for small business owners; chance for entrepreneurs to discuss the impact of the new HB 2 replacement measure on North Carolina small businesses

 

Charlotte, N.C.—Advent Coworking, in conjunction with small business advocacy organization Small Business Majority, will host an interactive roundtable discussion on Wednesday, April 12 on the ways in which North Carolina’s new replacement measure for its anti-LGBT law, HB 2, could impact small businesses and how small business owners can benefit from more robust nondiscrimination policies.

Topic:
Non-discrimination
Press Release Date:
Thursday, 30 March, 2017

New poll finds majority of small employers favor a national program funded by both employee and employer contributions; majority of small employers have formal or informal policies in place for family leave

Washington, D.C.— 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. 

Topic:
PSD/Benefits, Workforce
Press Release Date:
Thursday, 30 March, 2017

Statement by Erik Rettig, Northeast/Mid-Atlantic Director for Small Business Majority, on why lawmakers need to repeal HB 2 in full in order to ensure the state promotes an inclusive business environment

We are very disappointed state lawmakers failed to repeal HB 2 in entirety today. 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. Small businesses need a full repeal of HB 2, not a rehash of the same legislation. 

Topic:
Non-discrimination
Press Release Date:
Thursday, 30 March, 2017

Statement from Small Business Majority Founder & CEO John Arensmeyer on the U.S. Senate’s vote today to adopt a resolution overturning the U.S. Department of Labor’s rule that makes it easier for municipalities to establish retirement savings plans for private sector workers

The U.S. Senate voted today to adopt HJR 67, which will do significant harm to small businesses. Striking down this Department of Labor rule will make it more difficult for local governments to establish publicly administered retirement savings programs, and will be especially problematic for small employers, given that a majority struggle to offer retirement plans.

Topic:
Retirement
Press Release Date:
Monday, 27 March, 2017

New scientific opinion polling shows majority of small business owners support creation of a voluntary retirement savings program; believe this can help make their business more competitive

 

Denver—A scientific opinion poll released today by AARP and Small Business Majority shows the vast majority of Colorado’s small business owners support the creation of a privately managed, state retirement savings program that would allow employees to more easily save for their financial future. What’s more, small business owners believe offering such a program to their employees would give their business a competitive edge.

Topic:
Retirement
Press Release Date:
Friday, 24 March, 2017

Statement from Small Business Majority Founder & CEO John Arensmeyer on today’s decision to pull the American Health Care Act from the docket and how the plan would have harmed small businesses

We’re thrilled Speaker Ryan decided to pull the American Health Care Act from the docket today. The Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act would have accomplished little more than create instability in the insurance market and greatly reduce the ability of small business owners, their employees and self-employed Americans to obtain health coverage. What’s more, we know small businesses strongly support the current healthcare law.

Topic:
Healthcare
Press Release Date:
Thursday, 23 March, 2017

New poll finds majority of small businesses support the Affordable Care Act; small firms prefer the Affordable Care Act to the Republican alternative, known as the American Health Care Act, by a 2:1 ratio

Washington, DC—A scientific opinion poll released today shows small business owners favor the Affordable Care Act (ACA) over the Republican replacement plan, known as the American Health Care Act (AHCA), by a 2:1 ratio.

The online poll, conducted by Chesapeake Beach Consulting on behalf of Small Business Majority, found roughly half of respondents (49 percent) say they would choose the ACA over the AHCA, while just 25 percent say they would prefer the replacement plan over current law.

Topic:
Healthcare
Press Release Date:
Wednesday, 22 March, 2017

New poll finds freelancers doing well overall financially but many are not able to save for retirement; support portable retirement vehicles that address the flexible nature of their work

Washington, DC—A scientific opinion poll released today shows that while the majority of self-employed entrepreneurs report they are doing relatively well financially, nearly half lack a retirement plan and more than one third say they do not make enough money to save for their future. Freelancers’ work is often intermittent by nature so they need benefits that help address their unique financial situation. This explains why the vast majority support portable retirement plans that can be carried across employers and accommodate infrequent contributions.

Topic:
Freelance Economy, Retirement, Workforce

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