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  • Graves Applauds Passage of the SKILLS Act
    Posted in Press Releases on March 15, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Workplace Issues

    House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) made the following statement on House passage of the Supporting Knowledge and Investing in Lifelong Skills (SKILLS) Act: “Advances in technology have increased the need for workers with specialized skill sets and this evolution must be reflected in new innovative training programs. Last Congress, I held a hearing on small businesses’ growing need for highly skilled workers and how private, industry-led skills certification programs are he... Read more

  • Graves and Tipton Applaud the Reversal on DOL Youth Labor Rule
    Posted in Press Releases on April 27, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Regulatory Reform / Regulations, Rural America, Workplace Issues, Oversight

    Graves and Tipton Applaud the Reversal on DOL Youth Labor Rule WASHINGTON, DC—House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) today issued the following statement in response to the Department of Labor’s reversal of its harmfully intrusive rule on youth labor on family farms: “This Committee has worked hard to highlight the negative consequences of nonsensical rules including those proposed by the Department of Labor to restrict our youth’s ability to work on family farms. It appears o... Read more

  • Chairman Graves in the Kansas City Star: Micro-Unions and Ambush Elections: Two Very Bad Ideas from Labor Regulators
    Posted in Op-Eds on March 31, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Regulatory Reform / Regulations, Workplace Issues

    Micro-Unions and Ambush Elections: Two Very Bad Ideas from Labor Regulators By Chairman Sam Graves The rules to kickball are fairly simple. You kick the ball and then run to the base. If the ball beats you to the bag, or you get tagged, then you are out. It’s a lot like baseball. But what if the umpire changed those rules in the middle of the game? What if the umpire made more rules that cost your team time and money to comply with? What if the rules seemed to be structured to help the other te... Read more

  • AgriPulse: Proposed DOL Child Labor Regs Draw Fire From All Sides
    Posted in Articles on February 1, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Rural America, Workplace Issues

    Proposed DOL Child Labor Regs Draw Fire From All Sides Agripulse The Department of Labor is likely to be in the hot seat Thursday when a House subcommittee reviews proposed regulations that could restrict how children work on U.S. farms and ranches. The plan, which has generated more than 10,000 public comments, is drawing fire from both Republicans and Democrats. Children working on farms owned by their parents would be exempt, but critics say the proposals still go too far. For example, the p... Read more

  • Graves Names Rep. Mick Mulvaney Chair of Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce
    Posted in Press Releases on February 1, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Contracting, Workplace Issues

    House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) announced today that Representative Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) will chair the Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce. “Mick Mulvaney’s experience as owner and operator of several small businesses has given him a deep understanding of the challenges entrepreneurs face in the 21st century,” said Chairman Graves. “I am pleased that he will lead this important Subcommittee as we work to improve federal contracting programs and review government ... Read more

  • Wall Street Journal: Labor Department Withdraws Recordkeeping Proposal
    Posted in Articles on January 25, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Workplace Issues

    By Melanie Trottman; Wall Street Journal The Labor Department Tuesday withdrew a proposal that would require companies to more carefully log workplace muscle sprains and strains, the latest result of the Obama administration's effort to respond to business concerns about federal regulation. Employer groups had widely opposed the proposed recordkeeping change, saying it would put their members in the awkward position of defining musculoskeletal disorders they simply are not equipped to identify. ... Read more

  • Financial Times: Staff in small US businesses still being cut
    Posted in Articles on May 12, 2010 | Preview rr
    Tags: Workplace Issues

    By Hal Weitzman; Financial Times Small businesses in the US are still cutting jobs, even though they are more optimistic about economic conditions than they have been in two years, according to a survey released yesterday by the National Federation of Independent Business, a lobby group. The sentiment among businesses with fewer than 500 employees helps explain why unemployment rates in the US remain stubbornly high. Although privatesector companies created 231,000 jobs last month - their best p... Read more

  • House Small Business Committee Examines Role of Business Incubators on Job Creation
    Posted in Press Releases on March 17, 2010 | Preview rr
    Tags: Workplace Issues

    The House Small Business Committee held a hearing today to examine the role that business incubators can play in creating jobs and growing our economy. Business incubators are facilities that serve small businesses by providing below-market office space, management advice on operating a business, and various type of clerical assistance. Provision of these services, shared among a variety of small businesses, lower operating costs and reduce start-up times by eliminating many of the logistical ba... Read more

  • Small Business Owners Could Be Mandated to Pay Employees' H1N1 Sick Leave
    Posted in Press Releases on November 16, 2009 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes, Health, Workplace Issues

    Today, Ranking Member of the House Small Business Committee Sam Graves (R-MO) and House Small Business Committee Member Glenn Thompson (R-PA) sent a letter to Chairman George Miller (D-CA) and Ranking Member John Kline (R-MN) of the Education and Labor Committee expressing their concerns about mandating paid leave for H1N1. The Education and Labor Committee will hold a hearing tomorrow to discuss H1N1, which will likely examine proposals such as H.R. 3991, the Emergency Influenza Containment Act... Read more

  • Unemployment Hits Highest Rate Since 1983; Small Business Jobs on Steady Decline
    Posted in Press Releases on November 6, 2009 | Preview rr
    Tags: Workplace Issues

    The U.S. Department of Labor reported that unemployment in the U.S. rose to 10.2%, with 190,000 Americans losing their jobs in October. In addition to the Department of Labor’s data, Automatic Data Processing (ADP) released a report on Wednesday showing that businesses with less than 50 employees shed 75,000 private sector jobs in October. Ranking Member Sam Graves (R-MO) of the House Small Business Committee commented: “The unemployment rate released today is unacceptable. The White House and S... Read more