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State-sponsored retirement savings plans off to a strong start in 2015

On May 18, 2015, Washington became the 4th state to enact a law to provide private sector workers with new options for retirement savings. These state efforts continue to gain significant momentum. Illinois enacted its Secure Choice retirement savings plan in

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Retirement Security, Retirement Security Accounts

Washington Policy Watch: Retirement Security

Washington Policy Watch: Retirement Security What happened, what it means – and what’s next Sometimes it’s hard to “read between the headlines” and really make sense of what’s going on in Olympia. Did we make progress – why? Does next year

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Posted in EOI

Poll: 57% of Small Business Owners Support $10.10 Federal Minimum Wage

Nearly two-thirds of Americans support raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, but a new poll from the Small Business Majority found that nearly 6 in 10 small businesses support the wage hike as well. A new national poll

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Minimum Wage

Paid Sick Days and the Seattle Economy

Paid Sick Days and the Seattle Economy

September 9, 2013

Job growth and business formation at the 1-year anniversary of Seattle’s Paid Sick and Safe Leave law In 2011, the City of Seattle adopted a paid sick and safe leave ordinance that went into effect on September 1,  2012. The

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Paid Sick Days

Two decades on, small businesses strongly support Family and Medical Leave Act

Two decades since the Family Medical Leave Act became the law of the land, scientific opinion polling released Tuesday shows small business owners strongly support the law.

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Column, Paid Family and Medical Leave

Don Orange: Why Family and Medical Leave would be good for my business

Don Orange: Why Family and Medical Leave would be good for my business

February 4, 2013

Good morning. I’m Don Orange, owner of Hoesly Eco Automotive in Vancouver. I also chair the Main Street Alliance of Washington, which represents small businesses across the state. I’m here today to support Family and Medical Leave Insurance. This hearing

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Paid Family and Medical Leave

How much longer can “the voice of small business” keep ignoring it?

The National Federation of Independent Businesses is ignoring survey results from its own members in order to oppose a minimum wage increase. The National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) has already been criticized for its opposition to the Affordable Care

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, An Inclusive Economy, Minimum Wage

Want to create jobs? Make it possible for everyone to do it

Republican leaders like Speaker Boehner have suggested that increasing tax rates on the wealthiest one percent of Americans would be a mistake, alleging that the top one percent are the preeminent job creators and entrepreneurs in our economy. In fact,

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work

Rep. Eric Cantor proposes H.R. 9: Small business identity theft disguised as a tax break

Rep. Eric Cantor’s (VA-7) Small Business Tax Cut Act would be more aptly named the “Small Business Identify Theft Act”. His bill defines a small business as one with fewer than 500 employees – and given that 95% of Washington

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Ending Corporate Tax Breaks

Small business owners shun lobbyists, call for “high-road” workplace standards

Business experience, academic research and political muscle are backing calls by small business owners for “high road” business and economic development policies – and policymakers are listening. The recent campaign for paid sick days in Seattle featured local business leaders

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Minimum Wage, Paid Family and Medical Leave, Paid Sick Days
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