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Regulation

Massachusetts Paid Sick Time Mandate Takes Effect

Measure Implemented Following Statewide Voter Approval

Labor

California Bill Seeks To Make Cheerleaders Team Employees

Measure Would Pay Cheerleaders Minimum Wage For Professional Team Work

Economy

Index: Colorado Business Leaders Less Confident In Economy

Survey Finds Growing Hesitation Ahead Of Q3 2015

Labor

Another Local Business To Convert Contractors To Employees

Shyp’s Move Follows California Labor Commission Ruling In Uber Case

Illinois

Fiscal Year Begins Without a Budget and Without Reforms

Governor Rauner and legislative leaders still can't agree on a plan to turnaround Illinois.

Labor

Unemployment Recovery Continues in Tennessee

NFIB-supported reforms continue to help your business; tax rate decrease expected soon.

Colorado

No Independence Day for Small Business

News Release--New rules from IRS, DOL take the fizzle out of the fireworks.

Nebraska

Water and the rule of law

Guest editorial by NFIB/Nebraska State Director Bob Hallstrom.

 

Small Business Headlines

New union-friendly rule from Obama targets small business | WashingtonExaminer.com

Date: June 15, 2015

The Obama Administration is perusing yet another labor rule largely ignore big companies and target small and medium sized businesses. Under the federal "persuader" rule, businesses must disclose whenever they hire someone to try to dissuade their employees from unionizing. Now the administration wants to expand the disclosure to include any time businesses receive legal advice on the subject. The new disclosure rule will not matter much for large corporations because they have in-house counsel to fend off union organizing campaigns, but you know who does not? You guessed it! Small businesses. NFIB Senior Legal Counsel Beth Milito told the Washington Examiner that the rule is so broad we expect to have to report every time one of our 350,000 members downloads the labor law legal advice manual from its website.

Unions seek exemption from LA minimum wage law they helped pass | Fox News

Date: June 15, 2015

Los Angeles has joined a handful of other municipalities in passing a measure to increase the minimum wage to $15. However, the very unions that lobbied and organized protests in favor of the $15 wage are now asking for a special exemption so that they can collectively bargain for less than the minimum. FoxNews.com reports on the union hypocrisy and quoted NFIB Sr. Media Manager Andrew Wimer saying, "When unions do something like this, it demonstrates that their rhetoric about low wages is hollow. They seem perfectly willing to see workers paid less if it means getting more power for themselves." It doesn’t sound like the unions are going to get an exemption, but they are going to try.

California Air Resources Board has become a rogue agency | The Orange County Register

Date: June 15, 2015

The NFIB Small Business Legal Center is challenging California’s cap and trade auction, which is anticipated to raise between $12-$72 billion for state coffers. NFIB Senior Staff Attorney Luke Wake writes in an editorial in the Orange County Register that: “They say that if you give a mouse a cookie, he’s going to want some milk. Never has there been a better example than California’s Air Resources Board, which has assumed not only the power to regulate nearly every facet of our state’s economy, but now claims powers entirely unrelated to its statutory charge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.”

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