Resources

Small business owners spend their days concentrating on their particular specialty, but there's one thing they have in common: they all have to contend with a host of similar workforce issues. Our in-depth fact sheets give detailed information about common workforce issues, such as family medical leave, sick days and retirement. Additionally, we answer frequently asked questions about federal and state legislation and programs that offer publicly-administered access to paid leave and retirement benefits.

California’s Paid Family Leave program (PFL) provides wage replacement benefits to workers who need to take time off from work to bond with a new child or to care for a seriously ill family member.

This document is intended to answer any questions small employers might have about California’s PFL program and its effects on small business owners and their workers.

Topic(s):
Family Medical Leave
State:
CA

California’s paid sick leave law, which went into effect on July 1, 2015, allows employees to take time off from work to address their health or a family member’s illness without losing a paycheck.

The paid sick leave law in California helps promote a healthy workforce while benefiting small employers’ bottom lines through reduced employee turnover and increased productivity. Additionally, it helps employers take care of their employees in order to retain a loyal and healthy workforce and to attract top talent.

Topic(s):
Paid Sick Days
State:
CA

The CalSavers Retirement Savings Program will be a portable workplace retirement savings program for private sector workers whose employers are unable to offer their employees a way to save for retirement. CalSavers will be run by the state and funded by modest employee contributions, so it involves minimal requirements for employers. Below is an overview of what small businesses need to know about the program.

Topic(s):
Retirement security
State:
CA

Portfolio Manager® is an online tool small business owners can use to measure and track energy and water consumption, as well as greenhouse gas emissions. Use it to benchmark the performance of one building or a whole portfolio of buildings, all in a secure online environment.

All you need are your energy bills and some basic information about your building to get started.

Topic(s):
Clean energy

Energy Upgrade California® is a statewide initiative committed to helping Californians take action to save energy, conserve and preserve natural resources, reduce demand on the energy grid and make informed choices about their energy use at home and at work—all of which goes a long way for California.

To learn more about Energy Upgrade California, please visit their website.

Topic(s):
Clean energy
State:
CA

Todo lo que deben saber los dueños de pequeñas empresas y sus asesores al ofrecer seguro médico. Una fuente imparcial sobre costos estimados, ahorros fiscales, opciones de cobertura, derechos legales y mucho más. 

Topic(s):
Healthcare

This guide includes everything small business owners and their advisors need to know about offering health insurance in an easy to use step-by-step format. This online resource, provides small business owners with objective information on how to navigate the healthcare market since the passage of federal healthcare reform. California small businesses can find state-specific information here.

Topic(s):
Healthcare

The Illinois Secure Choice Savings Program, signed into law January 2015, will help small businesses that struggle to offer retirement benefits to their employees and provide retirement security to the 2.5 million Illinoisans who do not have access to an employment-based retirement plan. Below is an overview of what small businesses need to know about the program.

Topic(s):
Retirement security
State:
IL

The Maryland Healthy Working Families Act allows employees to take time off from work to addresstheir health or a family member’s illness without losing a paycheck. This document is intended to help answer questions small employers in Maryland might have about the paid sick and safe leave law and its effect on small businesses.

Topic(s):
Paid Sick Days
State:
MD

Montgomery County’s (MD) paid sick leave law, which went into effect on October 1, will allow employees to take time off from work to address their health or a family member’s illness without losing a paycheck.

This document is intended to answer questions small employers in Montgomery County might have about the new paid sick leave law.

Topic(s):
Paid Sick Days
State:
MD

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