Poll: Big Opposition To Predictability Punishment

Date: January 06, 2017

DENVER, Colo., Jan. 6, 2017—Results from a poll of Colorado small-business owners released today find huge opposition to two very bad ideas predicted to arise when a new Colorado General Assembly convenes for business on Wednesday, January 11.
Every year the National Federation of Independent Business, America’s largest and leading small-business association, polls its members on state and national issues vital to their ability to own, operate and grow their enterprises. Results from the polls center NFIB’s lobbying positions in Washington, D.C. and in Denver. NFIB has 350,000 dues-paying members nationwide, including nearly 7,000 in Colorado. Results from the NFIB-member ballots are released after a statistically valid sample is reached. The 2017 Colorado state ballot asked four questions.
  • Should Colorado require employers to give hourly employees a schedule at least two weeks in advance and require them to pay “predictability pay” if a shift is canceled without proper notice? “No” said 95 percent of NFIB-member, small-business owners responding to the survey. Only 1 percent favored the idea and 4 percent were undecided.
  • By an almost equal percentage, 91 percent, small-business owners also were against being forced to offer employees a state-sponsored retirement account, if they didn’t already offer one. Five percent supported the idea, 4 percent were undecided.

“The predictability pay issue should come with more truth in advertising,” said Tony Gagliardi, NFIB’s Colorado state director. “It is in reality predictability punishment, harming the least skilled and youngest workers starting out in the first jobs. There’s no business that can predict a steady number of customers walking through its doors day to day, especially in the restaurant and hospitality industries.” Gagliardi also called mandated retirement accounts an equally harmful idea. “Like every state, Colorado has a difficult enough time managing its normal business. Adding to its task the management of retirement accounts for non-public employees makes no sense at all, especially when so many retirement options are available to employees in the marketplace. If an employer can afford neither, it’s because his enterprise is struggling just to meet a payroll, not because they wouldn’t like to.”

  • On two other questions asked in the poll, 77 percent of small-business owners oppose raising the general sales tax to 3.52 percent from 2.9 percent for transportation needs. Sixteen percent favored doing so, 7 percent were undecided.
  • When asked if the Legislature should require each new bill brought before it contain a small-business-impact analysis, 71 percent of NFIB-member, small-business owners favored the idea; 17 percent were opposed, and 11 percent were undecided.
Further comment is available from Tony Gagliardi at [email protected]
For more than 70 years, the National Federation of Independent Business has been the Voice of Small Business, taking the message from Main Street to the halls of Congress and all 50 state legislatures. NFIB annually surveys its members on state and federal issues vital to their survival as America’s economic engine and biggest creator of jobs. NFIB’s educational mission is to remind policymakers that small businesses are not smaller versions of bigger businesses; they have very different challenges and priorities.
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Denver, CO 80203
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