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Building a stronger economy by supporting small business | TheHill

Date: October 13, 2014

A survey of businesses found the ACA has led a quarter of respondents to fire employees and 16.5 percent say they have more part-time workers than full-time due to coverage expenses. It’s a similar story in Philadelphia where 18.2 percent of businesses are cutting jobs in response to the law.

U.S. Supreme Court Considers Whether Employees Must Be Paid for Time Spent In Security Screenings | The National Law Review

Date: October 13, 2014

Proskauer assisted with an amicus brief on behalf of several industry groups—the Retail Litigation Center, Inc., United States Chamber of Commerce, Society for Human Resource Management, National Federation of Independent Business Small Business Legal Center, and National Association of Manufacturers.

Opinion: The Apolitical Supreme Court Is Dead | MSN

Date: October 13, 2014

The next troubling ruling was in National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius, which upheld Obamacare and outraged conservatives. Many of the arguments from the conservative judges—both in opposition and in support of the majority ruling—made no sense. Justice Antonin Scalia was the king of inconsistency, turning upside down his interpretation of a prior case. Roberts’s opinion was a train wreck, made even messier by his efforts to once again sidestep precedents. Then there was the portion of the decision that declared Congress—despite its authority under the Constitution’s Spending Clause—could not require states to expand Medicaid eligibility to qualify for future grants. The reasoning was complicated, but the arguments by the conservative members of the court will come up again in ways they won’t like—and then they will probably ignore the precedent they have set.

Halbig: Obama Administration Attempts To Manufacture Ambiguity Where None Exists | Forbes

Date: October 13, 2014

It is not disharmony but consistency if the plain meaning of “established by the State” serves the same purpose here — to induce state action — that the Supreme Court found in the PPACA’s other Medicaid provisions. National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius, 132 S. Ct. 2566 (2012) (NFIB). Moreover, the government’s reading — that an Exchange “established by the State” could be an Exchange established by the federal government — creates a more disharmonious result by making a state’s ability to modify its Medicaid eligibility rules conditional on federal action.

Hold candidates to the 5 small-business tests | The Denver Post

Date: October 13, 2014

Connecticut: State senator, editor honored by Yankee Institute | New Britain Herald

Date: October 13, 2014

Idaho: NFIB endorsed Gov. Butch Otter Idahostatesman.com

Date: October 13, 2014

Hogan to Tour Maryland NFIB Member Business | Salisbury News:

Date: October 10, 2014

Kansas: Wait, who’s on the ballot in the Kansas Senate race: Roberts and Orman, or Reid, McConnell and Obama? | The Washington Post

Date: October 10, 2014

Supreme Court Reporters Remember the Day of the Great Obamacare Screw-Up | US News

Date: October 10, 2014

The Affordable Care Act case – properly known as the National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius – was part of a broader discussion on coverage of the court that brought the veteran reporters before an audience at the National Archives Wednesday night.

Colorado: Udall and Gardner battle over Obamacare | Brush News-Tribune

Date: October 10, 2014

Maryland: Hogan gains endorsement of small-business group | baltimoresun.com

Date: October 10, 2014

New Jersey: Assembly panel takes testimony on paid sick leave, but does not vote | NJBIZ

Date: October 10, 2014

North Carolina: Jeb Bush coming to NC to help Tillis campaign | WNCT.com

Date: October 10, 2014

Oregon: It's a three-way race in Senate District 15, but only 1 is endorsed by NFIB | Portland Tribune

Date: October 10, 2014

Roberts, Orman fight for spotlight in Kansas Senate debate | TheHill

Date: October 09, 2014

Roberts touted his endorsements from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Federation of Independent Business because of his clear support for tax reform and Keystone. “He has to come clear with Kansas voters on [the] First and Second Amendment, Keystone pipeline, amnesty, ObamaCare,” he said.

Pat Roberts on Message in Kansas Debate | Roll Call

Date: October 09, 2014

He said he was endorsed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Federation of Independent Business. He said his opponent is “a liberal Democrat.” And he said Kansas could determine control of the Senate, and he was the only candidate who would guarantee a vote for Republican control.

Kansas debate all about Harry Reid | POLITICO.com

Date: October 09, 2014

Roberts mentioned his endorsements from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Federation of Independent Business more than half a dozen times

Arkansas: Hutchinson Receives Small Business Endorsement, Promises Effort On Tort Reform | TalkBusiness.net

Date: October 09, 2014

Connecticut: Lavielle Endorsed by NFIB, the Nation’s Leading Small Business Association| HamletHub.com

Date: October 09, 2014

Louisiana: Healthcare law's employer mandate a major issue in Senate race for small business owners | NOLA.com

Date: October 09, 2014

Wisconsin: Walker administration denies request to raise minimum wage | The Badger Herald

Date: October 09, 2014

Arkansas: Hill announces endorsements from U.S. Chamber, NFIB | ArkansasOnline.com

Date: October 09, 2014

California Business association endorses Ose for Congress | Elk Grove Citizen

Date: October 09, 2014

Business association endorses Ose for Congress

Ohio: US Rep. Jordan receives Guardian of Small Business Award | LimaOhio.com

Date: October 09, 2014

Why you haven’t gotten a pay raise | The Washington Post

Date: October 09, 2014

Usually unemployment declines go hand in hand with raises, after a slight lag. As the pool of idle workers shrinks, employers must offer higher pay to attract, and retain, labor. This time they are not, even though employers are increasingly complaining about the kinds of talent shortages that usually lead to upward wage pressures: Nearly half of the firms that filled or attempted to fill job openings in the past three months said there were “few” or “no” qualified applicants available, according to a National Federation of Independent Business survey.

Massachusetts: Shaheen, Brown meet for first Senate debate | Washington Times

Date: October 09, 2014

“The only thing worse than voting with the president 99 percent of the time is actually having a zero rating with the National Federation of Independent Businesses,” he said. “It’s easy to talk about what you’re doing for small businesses, but I have their endorsement.”

RadioShack Case Risks Fluctuating Workweek | Law360

Date: October 09, 2014

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and National Federation of Independent Businesses on Thursday urged the Second Circuit to strike down an appeal seeking to revive a proposed class action against RadioShack Corp., arguing the revived case could threaten businesses that use "fluctuating workweek" schedules. The Chamber and NFIB filed an amicus brief asking the appeals court to affirm U.S. District Judge Paul Engelmayer's dismissal of lead plaintiff Jaime Wills' suit against the electronics retailer. The appeal challenges RadioShack's use of the fluctuating workweek method to calculate performance-based bonuses for managers.

Establishing a Minimum Wage for Contractors | Federal Register

Date: October 09, 2014

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), the HR Policy Association, the Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. (ABC), and others express strong opposition to the Executive Order and questioning its legality and stated purpose. Comments questioning the legal authority and rationale underlying the Executive Order are not within the purview of this rulemaking action.

California: McClintock is best for 4th District | The Sacramento Bee

Date: October 09, 2014

Georgia: NFIB-endorsed Perdue blames Washington for job losses | www.ajc.com

Date: October 09, 2014

Illinois: Quinn’s minimum wage push: good policy or election year politics? | Watchdog.org

Date: October 09, 2014

Message from Main Street: We vote | Washington Business Journal

Date: October 06, 2014

What is Main Street? For Washington politicians who rediscover their affection for the metaphorical avenue every election season, the phrase has been reduced to an easy cliché tossed off during speeches filled with mostly empty promises. Every other fall, candidates from both parties elbow past each other for sidewalk space on Main Street, spouting enthusiastic vows to protect local small businesses and to tirelessly fight for mom-and-pop stores, independent entrepreneurs and other employers trying to make their dreams a profitable reality. -- Dan Danner, NFIB president and CEO

Small businesses plan to raise wages and prices, survey shows

Date: October 06, 2014

Looking ahead though, few small businesses think now is the time to expand, and hiring was essentially flat for the 11th straight month in August, according to a small-business optimism index from the National Federation of Independent Business. "Reports of past hiring were very strong, suggesting a good jobs number, but job openings and job creation plans faded, casting a shadow over the job market outcomes," said William Dunkelberg, NFIB's chief economist, in a prepared statement.

U.S. small business confidence edges slightly higher in August: NFIB

Date: October 06, 2014

U.S. small business optimism edged slightly higher in August as more owners said they expected business conditions to improve in coming months and planned to increase capital spending, according to a survey released on Tuesday.

Obamacare has victimized many, helped few | The Tennessean

Date: October 06, 2014

Employee Voter Registration Week Nets Over 50,000 Downloaded Voter Registration Forms | Businessweek

Date: October 06, 2014

Over 100 private sector employers, trade associations, state chambers of commerce, and business coalitions united for Employee Voter Registration Week, which took place from September 22 26, 2014 with a goal to increase voter registration among private sector employees.

Employee Voter Registration Week Nets Over 50,000 Downloaded Voter Registration Forms | Reuters

Date: October 06, 2014

grassroots initiative that netted over 50,000 new voter registration form downloads in the network during the business week and formally kicked off the Employees Vote initiative

New Claims for Jobless Benefits Decline | NYTimes.com

Date: October 06, 2014

Separate data showed small businesses hiring workers at the fastest pace in eight months, further evidence of strength in the labor market. The National Federation of Independent Business said its monthly survey of its members found they added an average of 0.24 worker per business last month, on a seasonally adjusted basis.

U.S. small business hiring hits eight-month high in September - survey | Reuters

Date: October 06, 2014

U.S. small businesses hired workers at the fastest pace in eight months in September, a suggestion the job market continues to strengthen despite a slowdown in hiring a month earlier. The National Federation of Independent Business said its monthly survey of its members found they added an average of 0.24 workers per firm last month, on a seasonally adjusted basis. NFIB chief economist William Dunkelberg said that was the highest level since December.

Timothy Chin, CEO of Referral Leaders International Creates Opportunities for Business to Grow In Any Economy | FOX 8 WVUE

Date: October 06, 2014

If you ask any business person in the world today what their number one challenge is, they would say attracting a consistent flow of new and repeat business. The September 2014 release of the NFIB Small Business Report confirmed that 13% of businesses reported weak sales as their number one problem. NFIB Chief Economist William Dunkelberg commentary cited that a persistent up-trend in reported increases in average selling prices snapped, probably in response to unexpectedly weak consumer spending.

Small business hiring improving, NFIB survey says | Yahoo Small Business Advisor

Date: October 06, 2014

Small businesses created more jobs in September than in any month this year, the National Federation of Independent Business said Thursday as it released its monthly survey on hiring by its members. Businesses added an average 0.24 workers per company, the 12th straight month of gains. Half the 608 business owners surveyed had hired or tried to hire during the last three months. The survey was the third upbeat reading on small business hiring this week.

Here's what other jobs indicators for September are reporting | Morningstar

Date: October 06, 2014

Average change in small-business employment per firm from the National Federation of Independent Business: 0.24%, 90th percentile.

Small businesses plan to raise wages and prices, survey shows | CNBC

Date: October 06, 2014

Looking ahead though, few small businesses think now is the time to expand, and hiring was essentially flat for the 11th straight month in August, according to a small-business optimism index from the National Federation of Independent Business. "Reports of past hiring were very strong, suggesting a good jobs number, but job openings and job creation plans faded, casting a shadow over the job market outcomes," said William Dunkelberg, NFIB's chief economist, in a prepared statement.

Alaska: Minimum Wage Campaign Seeks Mandate | Alaska Public Media

Date: October 06, 2014

Arizona: NFIB honors Sen. McCain as Guardian of Small Business | White Mountain Independent News

Date: October 06, 2014

California: NFIB Endorses Ose, Urges Voters to 'Pink Slip' Bera | Elk Grove News.net

Date: October 06, 2014

Texas: News Channel 6 quoted Chief Economist Bill Dunkelberg on business growth | KAUZ-TV Newschannel 6

Date: October 06, 2014

Wisconsin: Small Biz Group Endorses Walker | PR Watch

Date: October 06, 2014

Survey: Small Business Owners Feel More Satisfied, Less Successful | Money News

Date: October 06, 2014

Meanwhile, William Dunkelberg, chief economist for NFIB (the National Federation of Independent Business) isn't optimistic about small-businesses now. "The business environment is not favorable," he said, according to CNBC. "Six months from now, more business owners think things will be worse off than those who think things will be better."

Consumer Confidence Drops | Phil's Stock World

Date: October 06, 2014

Let’s take a look at the correlation between consumer confidence and small business sentiment, the latter by way of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Small Business Optimism Index. As the chart illustrates, the two have tracked one another fairly closely since the onset of the Financial Crisis.

Alabama: Governor creates small business commission | The Anniston Star: News

Date: October 06, 2014

California: ICYMI: GOP Nominee Endorsements 9/30/14 | HRWF-CA.org

Date: October 06, 2014

Colorado Supreme Court to hear pot-firing case | Denver Business Journal

Date: October 06, 2014

Indiana: NFIB Endorses Liz Brown | The Journal Gazette

Date: October 06, 2014

New York: NFIB endorses Stefanik | Postar.com

Date: October 06, 2014

New York: Ortt gets Unshackle Upstate endorsement | Daily News

Date: October 06, 2014

Massachusetts: GOP's Baker offers alternative sick leave plan | Boston Herald

Date: October 06, 2014

Massachusetts: Republican Charlie Baker opposes ballot question on earned sick time, proposes alternative | Fox Business

Date: October 06, 2014

Massachusetts: GOP's Baker offers alternative sick leave plan | Businessweek

Date: October 06, 2014