3 Legislative Issues for Massachusetts Small Business Owners to Watch

Date: March 16, 2015

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More regulations would leave entrepreneur's hamstrung.

As the 189th General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
heats up, small business owners are focusing on three issues that could derail
their rights to own, operate and grow their enterprise. 

NFIB/Massachusetts State Director Bill Vernon says NFIB is
focused on all issues that affect small business, including these three in
particular. 

1. Massachusetts’ burdensome independent contractor law 

In Massachusetts, NFIB is actively working on behalf of small
business owners and entrepreneurs to change the law and boost the economy. It
prevents small business owners from hiring legitimate, seasonal or contingency
workers. 

“Elected officials need to do more than say they support small
business; they must act to support the state’s job creators—small business
owners,” Vernon has said. Tackling this law is among the most important things
officials can do to accomplish that goal. 

NFIB supports independent contractor reforms that affect
employee classification and support entrepreneurship.

2. “Just-Scheduling” for all workers

A so-called “just scheduling” proposal would require 21-day
advanced written notice of an employee’s work schedule. Workers would be
entitled to one hour of additional “predictability pay” for any
changes made within the 21-day period. 

NFIB opposes legislation to establish so-called “just
scheduling” for all workers. 

3. Healthcare reform

NFIB supports changes in Massachusetts’ healthcare policy to lower costs for
employers and their workers, including reforming the state’s health care
exchange and stopping the imposition of additional mandated coverages.

Vernon said all legislation has been filed but has not been
given a final identifying number or assigned to committee. Committee hearings
were expected to begin late this month. 

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