Farm Overtime Bill Will Have Devastating Impacts

Tom Scott
CA Executive Director, National Federation of Independent Business

We are deeply concerned with the passage of AB 1066 today and the devastating impacts this bill will have on our small, independent farmers and the workers they employ. This mandate does not consider the thousands of agricultural workers who will lose their jobs and the billions of dollars in lost crop production resulting from […]

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Gut & Amend Bill Would Hurt Small Farms

Tom Scott
CA Executive Director, National Federation of Independent Business

One out of eleven farmers in California is an NFIB member, and they are telling us this bill will have a devastating impact on their small, independent farms and farmworkers. This is why SB 1066 was defeated earlier this year. This freshly gutted-and-amended version does nothing to alleviate the serious concerns of our farmers across […]

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For Small Business, Bills that are Good, Bad and Ugly

Tom Scott
CA Executive Director, National Federation of Independent Business

As the Legislature reconvenes this week for its final month of business for the 2015-2016 legislative session, NFIB California reflected on victories and challenges ahead per the “The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly” bill list. Bills included in this list represent those which will have the greatest impact, either negative or positive, to our […]

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Legislative Halftime: NFIB California Announces Updated Priorities

Tom Scott
CA Executive Director, National Federation of Independent Business

Following the legislative house of origin deadline last week, National Federation of Independent Business/California reflected on our victories and challenges ahead per our “The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly” bill list. Each year we proactively identify which bills will have the greatest impact, either negative or positive, to our 22,000 small businesses across California. […]

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Governor Brown Signs Bill to Relieve Lawsuit Burden on Small Business

Tom Scott
CA Executive Director, National Federation of Independent Business

Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 269 (Roth) which gives some relief to small business. Among other things, the bill allows small businesses that hire a Certified Access Specialist to inspect their facilities a chance to fix Americans with Disabilities Act compliance issues before a suit can be filed. It also allows all small businesses […]

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Small Business Optimism Hits Two-Year Low

Tom Scott
CA Executive Director, National Federation of Independent Business

The NFIB business survey shows small business owners treading water with expected business conditions very negative. The Index of Small Business Optimism fell 1 point in February to the lowest reading in two years, with six of the 10 indices declining and four remaining unchanged, according to the National Federation of Independent Business’ monthly economic survey released […]

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From Oppose to Neutral Position on MCO Tax Proposal

Tom Scott
CA Executive Director, National Federation of Independent Business

Rising health care costs is the #1 concern for our small business members according to a survey we released last November. Because of that, we take very seriously any potential increases in premiums as a result of this legislation. Given the aggressive legislative timeline for the Governor’s Managed Care Organization (MCO) tax, we took an oppose […]

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Feel the Burn: Aloe Vera Added to Prop. 65 List

Tom Scott
CA Executive Director, National Federation of Independent Business

There are two very different types of actors in the realm of making our economy tick. Entrepreneurs wake of every day trying to think of new ways to innovate, to expand, and thus create new jobs. Then there are the regulators in Sacramento who wake up every day thinking of new, creative ways to add […]

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Walking Blindfolded through California’s Regulatory Minefields

Tom Scott
CA Executive Director, National Federation of Independent Business

Small business owners in California are a brave bunch. Not only must they navigate the perpetually changing seas of federal regulation, but they must also traverse a particularly treacherous minefield under California law. Yet, at least they can rest assured that they won’t be sued if they act in accordance with best available guidance from […]

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Main Street Menace: Senate Bill 1X 1 (Beall)

Tom Scott
CA Executive Director, National Federation of Independent Business

While the legislature is in session, the National Federation of Independent Business/California will be profiling anti-small business bills and initiatives and the adverse effect they would have on California’s job creators. This is the second of the 2015 series. The end of summer isn’t the only bad news in Sacramento. The Legislature is back in […]

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