Small Business Majority Northeast Director submitted written testimony in support of Connecticut's SB1: An Act Concerning Paid Family and Medical Leave. The bill, which will provide workers in Connecticut with up to 12 weeks of paid leave a year to bond with a new child or care for a seriously ill family member, will benefit business by lowering turnover, boosting productivity and enhancing employee morale.
On December 26, Small Business Majority submitted comments to the U.S. Departments of the Treasury, Labor and Health and Human Services regarding proposed changes to regulations governing the use of health reimbursement arrangements (HRA). The comments argued that HRAs should not be expanded to allow for use in purchasing coverage through association health plans (AHPs) or short-term insurance plans, as these plans do not offer quality coverage and destablize insurance marketplace for other small business owners and their employees.
Small Business Majority writes a letter in support of California bill AB 2023, which would make the existing Child and Dependent Care Expenses Credit refundable so low- and moderate-income working families can benefit from a tax refund that will help defray the rising costs of child care. This will help put money back in the pockets of working families in the state of California who are struggling to afford the child care they need to participate in the workforce.
Small Business Majority writes in support of California Bill AB 2472, which would require Covered California to conduct a feasibility study on whether a public health insurance option is viable in California. Such a plan has the potential to increase competition and choice in healthcare options for Californians. A public option could also make small businesses more competitive when they are seeking to hire talent.
Small Business Majority writes in support of California Bill AB 2502, which would require California establish the California Health Care Payments Database. This database would publicize information about healthcare usage, costs and outcomes that would further efforts to improve affordability and quality of existing healthcare options for all Californians, including many entrepreneurs and small business employees.
Small Business Majority writes in support of California Bill AB 2023, which would make the existing Child and Dependent Care Expenses Credit refundable, expanding benefits to California’s low- and moderate-income working families. The legislation would ensure that money is put back in the pockets of working families in our state who are struggling to afford the child care they need to participate in the workforce.
Small Business Majority writes to both the California State Assembly as well as California State Senate in support of AB 2965/S 974, which would expand MediCal coverage to undocumented immigrants. Extending this coverage would drastically decrease the number of remaining uninsured in the state, as roughly 1.8 million undocumented Californians are without healthcare coverage (more than half of the total uninsured).
Small Business Majority writes in support of Illinois Bill HB 4165 HA 1, the Do Not Harm Healthcare Act. The bill would bring more stability and certainty to healthcare marketplaces in Illinois.
Mark Herbert, California Director for Small Business Majority, submitted a letter in support of the California Prompt Payment bill (AB 1552), which would require all public utilities to promptly pay vendors that submit valid invoices. Prompt payment measures such as this will help small businesses compete more effectively in bidding processes for contracts. The bill requires that public utilities will be required to pay vendor invoices within 30 days.
Small Business Majority offered testimony on the Ohio Fairness Act, which would revise Ohio’s nondiscrimination code to include protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression. The bill will ensure that all of Ohio’s citizens receive equal protections in employment and public accommodations. Implementing nondiscrimination policies improve small businesses' ability to attract and retain the best and brightest employees and help draw in more customers, which is good for business.