The annual bill to synch Georgia tax law with federal tax law makes an important increase in the Section 179 expensing for small employers moving from $25,000 to $500,000. The change was made from $250,000 to $500,000 in the Senate by Sen. Judson Hill to allow greater use and encourage more small employers to purchase machinery and equipment, a proven way to stimulate and grow Georgia’s economy.

Workers’ compensation: This is a comprehensive reform package that includes a number of provisions, most importantly for employers, the preservation and protection of the “exclusive remedy” of the workers’ compensation system. A recent appellate court case, known as the “Pitts decision” put in jeopardy the long-held doctrine of the workers’ compensation system being the “exclusive remedy” for injured workers, i.e. injured workers can seek treatment, lost wages, etc through the workers’ comp system only and not file additional lawsuits against an employer. House Bill 412 includes protections to ensure Georgia employers are not exposed to additional liabilities.

Workforce development: Workforce development and career readiness have taken on an increased importance as many small employers have reported difficulty in finding qualified employees.  Both bills represent innovative approaches to allow high school students greater flexibility in pursuing a “dual path” which essentially means students who choose to participate in this type of program would graduate high school with a diploma as well as a degree from a 2-year technical school or community college. Both bills are similar, and are aimed to prepare students better for the workforce and to give students jobs-ready skills coming out of high school.

Payroll cards for employers: This legislation allows Georgia employers to add payroll cards or prepaid debit cards as a form of compensation to go along with checks and direct deposit. This bill gives employers and employees flexibility to choose how they will be paid and expands the options employers have to pay their employees.

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2015 Georgia Small Business Victories

Date: August 25, 2015

Here's a look at some of NFIB/Georgia's 2015 legislative victories:

Section 179 expensing: The annual bill to synch Georgia tax law with federal tax law makes an important increase in the Section 179 expensing for small employers moving from $25,000 to $500,000. The change was made from $250,000 to $500,000 in the Senate by Sen. Judson Hill to allow greater use and encourage more small employers to purchase machinery and equipment, a proven way to stimulate and grow Georgia’s economy.

Workers’ compensation: This is a comprehensive reform package that includes a number of provisions, most importantly for employers, the preservation and protection of the “exclusive remedy” of the workers’ compensation system. A recent appellate court case, known as the “Pitts decision” put in jeopardy the long-held doctrine of the workers’ compensation system being the “exclusive remedy” for injured workers, i.e. injured workers can seek treatment, lost wages, etc through the workers’ comp system only and not file additional lawsuits against an employer. House Bill 412 includes protections to ensure Georgia employers are not exposed to additional liabilities.

Workforce development: Workforce development and career readiness have taken on an increased importance as many small employers have reported difficulty in finding qualified employees.  Both bills represent innovative approaches to allow high school students greater flexibility in pursuing a “dual path” which essentially means students who choose to participate in this type of program would graduate high school with a diploma as well as a degree from a 2-year technical school or community college. Both bills are similar, and are aimed to prepare students better for the workforce and to give students jobs-ready skills coming out of high school.

Payroll cards for employers: This legislation allows Georgia employers to add payroll cards or prepaid debit cards as a form of compensation to go along with checks and direct deposit. This bill gives employers and employees flexibility to choose how they will be paid and expands the options employers have to pay their employees.

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