On October 17, Small Business Majority's Colorado Director Lindsey Vigoda testified before the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment's FAMLI Division on the Colorado Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program (FAMLI) rulemaking process, particularly around the newest rules that will impact small businesses.
On October 10, Small Business Majority's CEO and Founder John Arensmeyer submitted comments on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s proposed regulations for the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA). The proposal would ensure comprehensive accommodations for employees during pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions because small business owners support measures that will bolster their employees’ health and financial security.
On September 29, Small Business Majority and partner organizations across the country submitted a letter to U.S. Senate leadership and the U.S. House of Representatives in support of the Child Care Stabilization Act, legislation that would ensure adequate and continued childcare funding to bolster a quality workforce and be a key factor in entrepreneurial sustainability.
On September 27, Small Business Majority joined the Responsible Business Lending Coalition in filing an amicus brief, alongside Public Counsel, U.C. Berkeley Center for Consumer Law & Economic Justice, California Association for Microenterprise Opportunity, and the Office of Kat Taylor, before the Central District of California in support of a California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation (DFPI) regulation requiring sales-based financing providers to disclosure their APRs and other costs to small business borrowers.
More than 80 small business owners and advocates signed on to Small Business Majority's letter to California Governor Gavin Newsom in support of passing SB 33, which preserves a cornerstone of SB 1235 by requiring APR disclosure for all commercial financing products. These protections were set to expire in 2024, but SB 33 will eliminate the sunset date and guarantee continued transparency for businesses.
Today, John Arensmeyer, Founder and CEO, submitted a comment to the Federal Register on The Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) joint 2023 Draft Merger Guidelines. Robust market competition is essential to a thriving small business ecosystem. A level playing field can boost healthy competition between small and large businesses. This promotes more competitive prices and business terms, as small firms are regularly buying from and selling to larger companies.
On August 22, Small Business Majority sent a letter to Senator Tim Scott urging him to co-sponsor the bipartisan Small Business Technological Advancement Act, which would help ensure that America’s small businesses have the cutting-edge digital resources they need to compete domestically and to guarantee they will operate with a global advantage against large competitors.
Small Business Majority writes in support of AB 716 (Boerner Horvath), which will prevent consumers from being charged an out-of-network surprise bill for ground ambulance services, both emergency and non-emergency, and protect uninsured Californians from being charged inflated ambulance rates.
Small Business Majority submitted an amicus brief before the Delaware Supreme Court in response to a case regarding forfeiture-for-competition clauses (FFCs), which are similar to non-compete agreements. The brief explains how these types of agreements create barriers to entrepreneurship and make it harder for small employers to attract the best talent.
On August 1, Small Business Majority's Colorado Director Lindsey Vigoda testified before the Colorado Department of Labor & Employment, Division Family and Medical Leave Insurance, to provide comments on the Colorado Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program (FAMLI) rulemaking process, in particular the rules around self-employed enrollment. As we approach the 2024 FAMLI benefit rollout, it’s more important than ever to ensure the rules governing this critical program are inclusive, equitable and fair for Coloradans, especially for small business owners, their employees and t