Please see below press release from the National Small Business Association regarding immigration and workforce issues.. What do you think about the findings.
A bill has been introduced SB 121[Evans] that would require all publicly held businesses to notify their shareholders 24 hours before making a contribution to a candidate or a cause. They also will be required to do an annual report It is not clear if there is a threshold contribution level or whether it applies to all contributions. It is also not clear whether this applies to PACs.
This does not appear to affect small businesses as most are not publically.
For more information go to www.leginfo.ca.gov
Small Business California
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America's Small Business Advocate
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 4, 2013
NSBA Releases New Survey on Immigration and Workforce
Washington, D.C. – The National Small Business Association (NSBA) today released its 2013 Workforce and Immigration Survey. Among the key findings: while only 17 percent employ immigrant workers, nearly half of respondents said they rely on highly-skilled workers with a STEM background, driving broad agreement that a new visa category ought to be created for highly-skilled workers.
Although a narrow majority of respondents responded they would support requiring all employers comply with some kind of E-Verify system—which was not defined in the survey—the overwhelming majority (76 percent) do not use the current system or have never even heard of it.
“When confronted with the current reality of the E-Verify system and the fact that many leading proposals would enforce penalties of up to $75,000 and 10 years in prison, we would expect a marked drop in this already low level of support for mandating the existing program or massive increases in penalties on all employers,” stated NSBA President and CEO Todd McCracken.
The survey also asked small-business owners about workforce preparedness and found that one-third say the quality and education of the current workforce is not meeting their needs. To address this shortfall, 92 percent say the offer some kind of additional training to employees, and 32 percent offer money toward employees’ continuing education or certification programs.
When it comes to hiring procedures, 43 percent of small-business respondents report conducting a criminal background checks on prospective employees, and 80 percent report putting new employees to work within one week of being hired.
“As lawmakers debate immigration reform and other workforce proposals, NSBA is calling on them to give small business the tools to grow and create jobs and avoid unnecessary burdens that will have a stymieing effect on economic growth,” said NSBA Chair David Ickert of Air Tractor, Inc. in Olney, Texas.
Click here to download the report.
Click here to view NSBA’s recent letter to Congress on immigration reform.
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