The intrusions on small business owners' right to operate their businesses by new laws like the so-called anti-bullying in the workplace law are frustrating Massachusetts small business owners.
NFIB/MA co-sponsored a series of events, including three roundtable discussions and two employment law seminars, throughout Massachusetts during Small Business Month and in early June. The purpose of all the events was to raise awareness of the burdens placed on small business owners by government policies in recent years and of the threat of new burdens coming down the pike.
At the meetings, small business owners effectively communicated their concerns about problems implementing the state’s sick leave law, recent double digit percentage increases in health care premiums, and proposed further hikes in the minimum wage. Ideas like the strict scheduling legislation to require posting of work schedules two or three weeks in advance and financially penalizing employers for changes in the schedule were criticized bitterly. The cumulative adverse impact on job creation by the various state-imposed changes in employment law were made clear to legislators and media members in attendance.
The intrusions on small business owners’ right to operate their businesses by new laws like the so-called anti-bullying in the workplace law were decried. I also heard widespread frustration with the skills of workers, particularly deficiencies in the soft skills of being able to show up for work on time properly attired and prepared to work and communicate with fellow employees.
NFIB and our partners intend to hold more roundtable discussions to shine a bright spotlight on the impact of public policies on the small business community. We will also keep you informed about legislative activities affecting the operations of your business.