Labor

Read NFIB’s positions on labor issues affecting small business:

Small business owners know that employees are their most valuable resource. Small business owners work hard to train and retain employees by creating a rewarding workplace. However, government rules and regulations have made labor issues more complicated than ever.

Small businesses operate differently than large businesses; they do not have human-resources departments to track the changing standards and mandates that affect their workforce and workplace.

NFIB urges Congress to simplify the employment process for small business, eliminate burdensome mandates and prevent cumbersome regulations that inhibit job creation.

Strengthening Career and Technical Education

Finding qualified employees is becoming more difficult for small business owners. In NFIB’s most recent Small Business Economic Trends survey, “quality of labor” ranked as the second-most frequent answer when NFIB members were asked to identify the single most important problem facing their small business. Nearly one in five respondents cited the lack of qualified workers as the biggest problem, while just over half of respondents reported few or no qualified applicants for the positions they were trying to fill. This lack of potential employees is a significant structural problem in the economy that must be addressed.

NFIB supports H.R. 2353, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act. This legislation provides important educational reforms to fill the need for an in-demand, skilled workforce currently sought by our nation’s small businesses. A vote for final passage of H.R. 2353 will be considered an NFIB Key Vote for the 115th Congress.

 

NFIB Pushes Back Against Big Labor Agenda

NFIB is greatly concerned about the pro-labor policies the NLRB and U.S. Labor Department have put forward. NFIB is fighting both in Congress and the courts to make sure the NLRB fulfills its original mission to be an impartial moderator between businesses and unions.

 

Overtime Reform

NFIB supports updating the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to give workers flexibility and to permit employers to reward workers financially for improving productivity and profitability.

 

Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Reform

NFIB supports reforming the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to allow more flexibility in the workplace. A growing number of employees report challenges in negotiating the dual demands of work and family, and adopting workplace flexibility strategies, without additional costs, will help small employers compete with their larger counterparts as they work to recruit and retain valuable employees. NFIB supports H.R. 1180, the Working Families Flexibility Act, which provides additional workplace flexibility by extending the benefits of compensatory time to small business owners and employees.

 

Unemployment Insurance Reform

NFIB supports eliminating the Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA) “surtax,” lowering the FUTA tax and returning the unemployment insurance system to the states.

 

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