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Republicans Are Poised to Repeat Democrats’ Obamacare Small-Business Mistake

02/22/2017 - Bloomberg

Ron Nelsen used to cringe when one of his five employees got sick. The owner of an electric garage door company in Las Vegas, Nelsen knew he’d pay for it when insurance renewal time rolled around. “I’m ashamed to say it, but I would just have this sinking feeling in my gut.”

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Healthcare

Treasurer Read Urges Congress: Don’t Make It More Difficult For Hardworking Oregonians To Save For Retirement

02/17/2017 - Public Now

Other groups including AARP and the Small Business Majority also are pressing Congress to not undercut states' abilities to offer modest low-cost and business-friendly retirement savings options.

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Retirement

Why Is Congress Undermining Retirement Security for Millions of Americans?

02/16/2017 - New America

According to Small Business Majority, a national small business advocacy organization: “[P]rograms like these help level the playing field between small businesses that want to offer retirement benefits but can’t, and their larger counterparts that can. This helps small businesses compete for the best employees, and gives employers peace of mind that they are doing what’s best for their workers.”

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Retirement

Chiang, de León: Stop Congress from killing retirement savings for low-moderate income workers

02/16/2017 - Daily Democrat Online

“Through this program, you would see thousands and thousands of business owners in California have access to a product they would not otherwise be able to obtain,” said Mark Herbert, California director of Small Business Majority.

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Retirement

Commentary: Obamacare saved my business money

02/16/2017 - St. Louis Business Journal

A lot has changed since my shop opened its doors in 1969: Bell bottoms are out, skinny jeans are in and I can buy either of them using a cell phone. But when it comes to the price of doing business, one of the most effective cost-lowering programs to come along in a long time is the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Thanks to that law, I now have the best healthcare coverage my business has ever had — and at an affordable price.

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Healthcare

Chiang, de León: Stop Congress from killing retirement savings for low-moderate income workers

02/14/2017 - East Bay Times

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, labor and other groups.

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Retirement

For California’s Smallest Businesses, Obamacare Opened The Door

02/13/2017 - California Healthline

“When you’re providing a benefit that allows folks to take that risk with a little more of a safety net … that allows more entrepreneurs to take the plunge,” said Mark Herbert, California Director for Small Business Majority, an advocacy organization that opposes repeal.

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Healthcare

Congress considers blocking California retirement savings plan

02/13/2017 - East Bay Times

“Through this program, you would see thousands and thousands of business owners in California have access to a product they would not otherwise be able to obtain,” said Mark Herbert, California director of Small Business Majority, a national association.

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Retirement

Colorado shouldn’t repeal state health exchange

02/12/2017 - Denver Post

This week, state legislators voted in favor of a bill that would dismantle the state’s health marketplace, Connect for Health Colorado. This would be bad for the state’s small businesses.

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Healthcare

Opponents say Obamacare repeal would hit Tennessee small businesses hard

02/11/2017 - Insurance News Net

Repealing Obamacare without a full replacement plan "would be catastrophic for small business," said Lindsay Mueller, Midwest director for the Small Business Majority, a nonprofit group that says it represents the interests of small businesses and entrepreneurs.

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Healthcare

Small businesses air concerns over possible ACA repeal

02/11/2017 - Cleveland Daily Banner

Jenny Rogers, who owns Welcome Valley Village in Benton, was part of a telephone press conference Friday held by the Small Business Majority, a national business advocacy organization.

Lindsay Mueller, the organization’s Midwest director, said small businesses nationwide have reaped substantial benefits from what is more commonly known as “Obamacare.”

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Healthcare

Hotly debated sick-leave bills considered by Md. Senate committee

02/10/2017 - WTOP.com

Supporters such as Erik Rettig, with Small Business Majority, said paid leave can “benefit businesses by lowering turnover, boosting productivity and enhancing employee morale.”

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PSD/Benefits

Businesses for and against paid sick leave bills

02/10/2017 - Maryland Reporter

Clifton Broumand, founder and CEO of Man & Machine, a company that produces waterproof computer keyboards, said the talk of onerous regulations was “a side issue.”

He said as a small business job creator his biggest asset was his employees.

“If my employees can’t take care of themselves, they can’t be efficient for me,” he said in support of the bill.

Broumand said he currently has two sick employees who are barred from returning to work until they are better.

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PSD/Benefits

State-Sponsored Retirement Accounts Would Be Blocked by Resolutions

02/09/2017 - Bloomberg BNA

These state and local programs are a low-cost and efficient way to provide retirement benefits for a large segment of the workforce that lacks such savings vehicles, John C. Arensmeyer, Founder & CEO of Small Business Majority, told Bloomberg BNA. He said that 90 percent of American businesses have 10 or fewer employees.

SBM represents small businesses consisting of 100 or fewer employees.

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Retirement

DeLauro Leads More than 100 House Democrats in Reintroducing FAMILY Act

02/08/2017 - Insurance News Net

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 Sust

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Family Medical Leave

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

02/08/2017 - Public Now

'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.

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Retirement

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

02/07/2017 - Public Now

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 Sust

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Family Medical Leave

Fiduciary Rule Delay Gets Mixed Reaction in Plan Sponsor World

02/06/2017 - Bloomberg BNA

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

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Regulations, Retirement

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

02/06/2017 - Kansas City Business Journal - Online

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.

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Healthcare

Entrepreneurs: Health law changes may mean finding new jobs

02/01/2017 - The Big Story

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.

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Healthcare

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