- 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.