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  • 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

  • “Role of Automobile Dealerships in Rural Economies”
    Posted in Committee Hearings on September 16, 2009 | Preview rr
    Tags: Workplace Issues

    *** COMMITTEE HEARING *** Hearing: “Role of Automobile Dealerships in Rural Economies” WASHINGTON- The House Committee on Small Business, Subcommittee on Rural Development, Entrepreneurship and Trade, will hold a hearing entitled, “Role of Automobile Dealerships in Rural Economies,” on Wednesday, September 16, 2009 at 10:00 am in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing will focus on the effects of small business dealership closings on local communities. Witnesses from small b... Read more

  • Wall Street Journal: The Small Business Surtax
    Posted in Articles on July 14, 2009 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes, Health, Access to Capital, Workplace Issues

    Jason Furman owes an apology to Michael Boskin, the Stanford economist who wrote a year ago on these pages that Barack Obama would raise American income tax rates nearly to 60%. Mr. Furman, then in the Obama campaign and now at the White House, claimed this was wrong and that Democrats would merely raise taxes back to their Clinton-era level. House Democrats are now proving that Mr. Boskin had it right, and before it's over even he may have underestimated how high taxes will go. In the middle of... Read more

  • “The State of SBA’s Entrepreneurial Development Programs and Their Role in Promoting an Economic Recovery”
    Posted in Media Advisories on February 11, 2009 | Preview rr
    Tags: Access to Capital, Workplace Issues

    *** MEDIA ADVISORY *** Hearing – “The State of SBA’s Entrepreneurial Development Programs and Their Role in Promoting an Economic Recovery.” WASHINGTON- The House Committee on Small Business will hold a hearing entitled, “The State of SBA’s Entrepreneurial Development Programs and Their Role in Promoting an Economic Recovery” on Wednesday, February 11, 2009, at 1:00 p.m. in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building. The Committee will hear testimony from entrepreneurs and insurance industry... Read more

  • “The State of SBA’s Entrepreneurial Development Programs and Their Role in Promoting an Economic Recovery"
    Posted in Committee Hearings on February 11, 2009 | Preview rr
    Tags: Access to Capital, Workplace Issues

    *** COMMITTEE HEARING*** Hearing – “The State of SBA’s Entrepreneurial Development Programs and Their Role in Promoting an Economic Recovery.” WASHINGTON- The House Committee on Small Business will hold a hearing entitled, “The State of SBA’s Entrepreneurial Development Programs and Their Role in Promoting an Economic Recovery” on Wednesday, February 11, 2009, at 1:00 p.m. in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building. The Committee will hear testimony from entrepreneurs and insurance indus... Read more