Friday, May 31, 2013

761/SB Cal Board meeting/ California Silver Shovel Award for Job Creation

Good news. SB761 has been made a two year bill and is dead for this session. This is the bill that required employers with 10 or more employees to provide 6 weeks unpaid family leave. Small Business California worked hard to stop this bill.

Yesterday our Board met. Besides transacting Board business we had the opportunity of talking to Angie Wei the top legislative person for Cal Federation of Labor. She thanked Small Business California for being the first business organization to support AB 863 the workers compensation reform bill of last year .

She also thanked us for being the first business organization opposing 623 which would have unraveled some of those reforms.

We also had a teleconference with Christine Baker the Head of the Department of Industrial Relations. Again she acknowledged how helpful small business California has been in the passage of the workers compensation reform and defeat of 623. We have also worked closely with her on issues around independent contractors

She is also working on the massive problem of California Unemployment Insurance debt. As I think most of you know Small Business California is part of a task force put together by Marty Morgenstern the head of the labor agency.

Small Business California definitely has a presence in Sacramento

With all the bad news about job creation in California I thought you might find the below interesting.


Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development


Wednesday, May 29th, 2013 (916) 322-0671


SACRAMENTO – GO-Biz Director Kish Rajan today announced that California has received Area Development Magazine’s ‘Silver Shovel Award’ for excellence in job creation, for the first time since the award was created in 2006. The award is based on projects submitted by GO-Biz that demonstrate California’s growing ability to create high-value jobs and ranks California among the top states in the nation for job creation.

“This award demonstrates California’s on-going ability to create high quality jobs in a wide array of industries across the state,” said GO-Biz Director Kish Rajan. “Area Development bases their ranking on actual job creation so it’s not surprising that when a state ranking is based on real results, California stands out as a leader.”

As part of the criteria for the award, participating states must submit information about their top ten job creation and investment projects, which are compared to projects in other states with comparable populations based on the number of high-value added jobs per capita, amount of investment, number of new facilities, and industry diversity.

“The states receiving 2013 Shovel Awards deserve special recognition for their efforts to attract new businesses and to help their existing corporate citizens to expand their businesses,” said Geraldine Gambale, editor of Area Development. “They have managed to thrive and emerge from the recession as economic leaders.”

Area Development recognized the Samsung Semiconductor expansion in San Jose as the second most significant manufacturing project in the nation. California projects submitted for the award spanned the entire state and included such industry leaders as Sutter Health (Roseville), Amazon (San Bernardino and Patterson) Caterpillar (Kern City) and more. The California entries were all signature GO-Biz projects that required significant staff time and resources to complete.

“These projects are prime examples of public private partnerships between GO-Biz, our regional partners and the private sector to bring new jobs to California,” said Deputy Director for Business Investment Services, Leslie McBride. “GO-Biz project specialists worked countless hours to incentivize these companies to either relocate into California or expand within our borders.”

The Award will be presented to GO-Biz Director Rajan and will be on display at their offices in Sacramento. A report on the 2013 Shovel Award winners will be published in the Spring 2013 issue of Area Development and are posted online at View this GO-Biz Press Release online HERE.

About GO-Biz

The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) serves as California’s single point of contact for economic development and job creation efforts. GO-Biz offers a range of services to business owners including: attraction, retention and expansion services, site selection, permit streamlining, clearing of regulatory hurdles, small business assistance, international trade development, assistance with state government, and much more. For more information visit:


Scott Hauge


Small Business California

2311 Taraval Street

San Francisco, CA 94116


Wednesday, May 29, 2013

SB 761 Desaulnier FTDI - Amendments/AB837

SB761 is a most troubling bill as it would allow employees of businesses with less than 50 to take 6 weeks of unpaid family temporary leave. Yesterday it was amended per below to exclude businesses with less than 10 employees and who have worked 90 days. Failure of an employer to keep a job open

allows an employee the right to file a civil suit and collect attorney fees.

Please see below amendment. It must pass this week on the Senate floor or it will not be taken up this session.

Below are the specific amends that Senator Desaulnier added to his SB 761…

(f) An employer who regularly employs 10 or more individuals, or an agent of that employer, that discharges or in any other manner discriminates against an employee who has been employed by him or her for 90 working days or more because the employee has applied for, used, or indicated an intent to apply for or use, family temporary disability insurance benefits under this section shall be liable to an employee affected by the unlawful violation for actual damages and appropriate equitable relief, including reinstatement. An employee may bring a civil action seeking these remedies in a court of competent jurisdiction. If the employee prevails in the action, the court may award the employee reasonable attorney’s fees and cost.

AB 837 which is sponsored by Small Business California passed in the Assembly by a vote of 74 to 0. This bill will codify the SBDC program and is a first step in getting California to put forth funds to match the SBA funds.

We are watching small business relevant bills and you can see our positions by going to our website at

All bills must pass their house of origin this week.

Scott Hauge


Small Business California

2311 Taraval Street

San Francisco, CA 94116


Friday, May 24, 2013

WaPo: Some very good news for Obamacare

In a previous email I said that May23 Covered California[Exchange] was going to release information on how individual policies would work and the rates. They did not release information on how the small group program[SHOP] and as best as I could tell they only provided rates for families. The small business group will be released in early June.

The numbers cited below are average around California and the 19 regions how somewhat different rates. If you want the rates by region and a broader description of how the plans will work let me know.

Scott Hauge


Small Business California

2311 Taraval Street

San Francisco, CA 94116


Hi Scott – Just wanted to make sure you and your members saw this info on the California marketplaces. Feel free to forward to any interested parties.



In 2009, the Congressional Budget Office predicted that a medium-level “silver” plan — which covers 70 percent of a beneficiary’s expected health costs — on the California health exchange would cost $5,200 annually. More recently, a report from the consulting firm Milliman predicted it would carry a $450 monthly premium. Yesterday, we got the real numbers. And they’re lower than anyone thought.

As always, Sarah Kliff has the details. The California exchange will have 13 insurance options, and the heavy competition appears to be driving down prices. The most affordable silver-level plan is charging $276-a-month. The second-most affordable plan is charging $294. And all this is before subsidies. Someone making twice the poverty line, say, will only pay $104-a-month.

Sparer plans are even cheaper. A young person buying the cheapest “bronze”-level plan will pay $172 — and that, again, is before any subsidies.


Chris Van Es

Special Assistant for Public Engagement

US Small Business Administration


Wednesday, May 22, 2013

PayPals "Cash for Registers"/ Covered California

What are your thoughts on this ? Do you use any of these companies?

Hi Scott,

I’m writing a blog post on PayPal’s “Cash for Registers” program tomorrow morning and wanted to get your thoughts on it. It seems like a year ago we were writing about how mobile devices were going to change how small business took money. Today there are more options than just Square.

My initial thought is this is good for small businesses because you have companies like PayPal, Square and Groupon competing for their attention and hopefully keeping transaction costs down.

Do you think this is the case? What have you been hearing from other small businesses?

Thanks again for your time.

Adolfo Flores

Reporter, Los Angeles Times


On Thursday there will be a big announcement on Covered California[ Exchange]. It is my understanding that they will announce the plans available and the rates for those plans. I will try to get you more information in the next couple of days.

Scott Hauge


Small Business California

2311 Taraval Street

San Francisco, CA 94116


Monday, May 20, 2013

Affordable Care Act

On October 1 2013 all employers will be required to give employees model notices about Exchanges. In California the Exchange is called Covered California.. There are two separate forms. One is for employers who provide health insurance and another for employers who don’t. The forms are currently available from the Department of Labor. It is not clear whether California will come up with its own form.

The notices will

Inform employees of the existence of state health care Exchanges

Explain what services will be provided

Explain how the employee may contact the Exchanges to request assistance

Detail how employees may be eligible for a premium tax credit or cost sharing sharing reduction if the employers plan does not meet certain requirements.

You have all heard that employers with 50 full time employees or full time equivalents will be required to provide a qualified health plan or pay a penalty. The penalty is $2000 if the employer does not provide insurance or $3000 if they do provide insurance and the cost is 9.5% or more to the employee. Full time employees are defined as 30 hours a week. The fine will only be applied if the employee purchases insurance through the Exchange with a subsidy.

For people interested in getting an estimate on the cost of individual coverage in Covered California go to

For those of you in San Francisco and subject the Health Care Security Ordinance it is not clear how this will reconcile with the ACA. We know that the coverage provided by SF is not insurance. We also believe that money an employer puts into the medical reimbursement account cannot be used as pretax dollars for an employee to purchase insurance. The City attorney is looking into this.

The City Attorney is also looking into how employer payments can be provided to employees for medical and dental cost by employers.

Time is running short for the answers to these questions.

Scott Hauge


Small Business California

2311 Taraval Street

San Francisco, CA 94116


Friday, May 17, 2013

AB837/ SBA Affordable Care

I am pleased to report the AB 837 passed unanimously in Appropriations this week. This bill will codify Small Business Development Centers and is a step to getting funding to meet the SBA match.SB Cal put together a coalition of 25 business associations supporting this legislation.

Yesterday I met with Go Biz director Kish Rajan and SB Cal will be working with him on further development of SBDCs

I gave a speech yesterday to the California Metals Association and it really is clear to me that small businesses need to understand more clearly the Affordable Care Act. Please see SBA call on this.

If you have 50 employees what is the threshold you have for employees qualifying for medical coverage. My guess is that it is more than 30 hours. This is important because under ACA 30 hours is the definition. Do you have employees that work 30 hours that are not on your medical plan?

Please Join SBA for our May Stakeholder Call

This month, SBA staff will discuss updates in the Affordable Care Act implementation and the SHOP marketplaces, along with previewing National Small Business Week. Please pass this on to your leaders, members, and any others who may be interested. We hope you can join!

WHAT: SBA’s Monthly Stakeholder Call

WHEN: Tuesday, May 21 at 3:00 PM ET (Please note that these calls take place on the third Tuesday of every month at 3 PM ET.)

To Register: Please email Chris Van Es at Call-in information will be sent to attendees Tuesday morning.

May Agenda:

1) Welcome

2) Affordable Care Act Implementation Update

3) National Small Business Week Preview

4) Questions

Scott Hauge


Small Business California

2311 Taraval Street

San Francisco, CA 94116


Wednesday, May 15, 2013

VIM Alliance Survey Report

I have done some things in my life that I am really proud of. Founding Small Business California and the SF Small Business Advocates are a couple of them.

But there is nothing I am more proud of than my work with Volunteers in Medicine and cofounding Clinic by the Bay. All of our clinics are free clinics.

Volunteers in Medicine has 92 clinics around the country of which Clinic by the Bay is one. We also have a Clinic in ElCajon and Indio. I am Vice Chair of Volunteers in Medicine and we recently completed a survey of our clinics. Out of the 92 clinics 75 responded to the survey. Some of the highlights of our findings are:

In 2012 we served 96089 patients and had 362203 patient visits.

The cost per patient was $288 and per patient visit $80. Compare that to the cost of the emergency room.

We had 11412 volunteers. 5502 were medical professionals and 5910 Non Medical

The top 4 diagnosis problems were





I think this is truly remarkable given we do not accept any government money.

For complete survey go to link below

Here is your link:

On May 29th Clinic by the Bay will be holding its spring fundraiser. The cost of tickets start at $100 and we will have a silent auction. For those of you in the SF area I hope you will attend. You can purchase tickets by going to our website Click on Events.

If you can’t attend a contribution of any amount would be greatly appreciated. You can do so online.

Thank you for your consideration and if anyone in the SF area is interested in volunteering please let me know. If you know a doctor or nurse that might be interested in volunteering please let them know.

Scott Hauge


Small Business California

2311 Taraval Street

San Francisco, CA 94116


Monday, May 13, 2013

AB769/ IIPP for Small Business is Posted on the CHSWC Website

We just received word that Assemblywoman Skinner’s SB 769, which eliminated the Net Operating Loss Carryback provision in California’s tax law. has been pulled by the author. It is an urgency bill so could come back this year but it would have to pass by a two thirds vote.

Small Business California put together a coalition of 27 associations opposing this measure. Thank you to all that signed..

Last Friday I sent an email asking your position on SB 761. This bill would have required small business under 50 employees to provide 6 weeks Paid Family Leave. The threshold for employees would be $300 per the base period. Failure to do so could bring about a lawsuit or complaint to the Labor Commissioner.

Lori and I related the results to the Senators office and said that the tax on employees who are not eligible for the same benefits as employees of businesses over 50 should not have to pay the tax.

The Senator has until May 31 to get this passed in the Senate.

Thank you to all that responded.

I have mentioned in previous emails the requirement for all businesses with employees to have an Injury and Illness Prevention Plan. If you do not have one in writing please see materials to help you do so. Small Business California is part of the Advisory Group that developed these material.

To the IIPP for Small Business Advisory Group,

The IIPP for small business materials have been posted on the Commission’s website and can be accessed at:

Selma S. Meyerowitz, Ph.D.

Associate Governmental Program Analyst

Commission on Health and Safety and

Workers' Compensation

1515 Clay Street, 17th Floor

Oakland, CA 94612

510-622-5051 (Phone)

510-622-3265 (Fax)

Scott Hauge


Small Business California

2311 Taraval Street

San Francisco, CA 94116


Friday, May 10, 2013

Urgent I need your response SB761 by Monday

On Monday Lori and I will be meeting with Senator Desaunier's office regarding SB761.The bill is currently on the Senate floor.

I will make the legislation as simple as possible and would really appreciate your feedback.

Under the California Family Rights Act which currently exist in California an employer with 50 or more employees who have worked 1250 hours is required to provide paid family leave for 6 weeks. If they fire the employee or don’t allow the employee to return to their job the employee can file suit against the employer.

SB 761 would extend this to all employers with no minimum hours but a requirement that the employee has earned in the base period[ I am not sure if this is three or four months ] $300. If the employer fires or does not take back the employee all businesses would be subject to a lawsuit

Please understand that the employee is receiving these funds from money they have contributed so the employer is not paying for this.

One of the arguments the author makes for this is that employees that work for companies with less than 50 employees are not eligible for these funds even though they pay into the fund.

The counter argument to this is that legislation could be drafted such that employees who work for companies with less than 50 employees do not have to pay into the fund.

What should SB Cal do. Some options

Support the bill as written

Oppose the Bill as written

Support with an exemption for businesses with less than 25 employees

Support with an exemption for businesses with less than 25 employees but require the 1250 hours of work.

Support with an exemption for businesses with less than 50 employees. The ramifications of this is businesses with over 50 employees would not have the requirement of 1250 hours so they would have to provide for anyone who makes $300 during the base period

Take no position

Other ideas

It is really important I hear back from you. We will not use any names but your responses will be noted and relayed to the Senators staff

Scott Hauge


Small Business California

2311 Taraval Street

San Francisco, CA 94116


Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Court of Appeals NLRB Ruling/ Workers Compensation

I receiver this email from David Burton at the National Small Business Association. Some very good news for millions of small businesses around the country

Federal Appeals Court Invalidates NLRB Poster Regulation

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) declared in a rule that employers subject to its jurisdiction (which is most employers) would be guilty of an unfair labor practice if they did not post a “Notification of Employee Rights under the National Labor Relations Act” on their properties and on their websites.

On May 7, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit held that the rule was invalid because the NLRB had no statutory authority to issue or enforce the rule.

The NLRB has not indicated whether it will seek a review by the Supreme Court.

To read the opinion, click here.

Yesterday I received a very thoughtful letter from a restaurant owner regarding the cost of his workers compensation. He was seeing his workers compensation cost skyrocketing due to some questionable claims. He voiced his frustration that employers don’t seem to have any rights to question a claim and the system is such that it frequently is cheaper for the insurance company to just settle these claims.

SB 863 will go a long way in cutting cost and already has had an impact on workers compensation increases. Christine Baker our good friend that heads up the Department of Industrial Relations has committed to doing everything she can reduce the cost drivers in the system..

This year SB 626 was introduced to unravel these reforms and Small Business California was at the forefront in opposition to the legislation which is dead this year.

For those of you that have an experience modification I strongly suggest you ask your insurance broker how much your claims are costing you. You will be amazed as in many cases it is three times the cost of the claim. You should also ask what your experience modification would be with no claims. Make sure you ask your insurance broker to provide you with your experience modification worksheet done by the Workers Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau.

Scott Hauge


Small Business California

2311 Taraval Street

San Francisco, CA 94116


Friday, May 03, 2013


Yesterday I sent a clarification saying that businesses with less than 50 employees do not have to offer dependent coverage to employees and that this would make them eligible for subsidies. The problem is when I use a $50000 annual household income the cost is the same whether the employer provides coverage for their employees or not. See below.

At $60000 annual household income it goes up to $409 but would go down if covering children only but stays the same if covering just the two adults or two adults with children.

Will this have any bearing on your decision to continuing to provide health insurance for your employees.

From: Micah Weinberg []

Sent: Thursday, May 02, 2013 10:17 AM



Subject: no incentive for employer


The issue that you pointed out is one of the reasons the law states that, at least for businesses over 50, if you are offered dependent coverage those dependents can’t get a subsidy even if the cost of family coverage is unaffordable. If you’re right, there IS no real incentive for the employer to offer coverage to anyone other than higher-wage employees with small families. At the same time, though, it’s going to be difficult to design a system that will be legal, not disadvantage higher wage workers through not offering dependent coverage, and still allow for all of the low to mid-wage employees to go to the Exchange.



Micah Weinberg, PhD
Senior Policy Advisor

1215 K Street, Suite 2220
Sacramento, CA 95814

916-949-6240 (c) 916-706-1277 (o)

Watch this video to see how the Bay Area Council is driving health system transformation toward affordability and better health for Californians.

Hearing on Parking and Business in San Francisco

Please see email from Stephen Cornell. I hope you can attend Monday.


Finally we will have a hearing on how the S F M T A (the department that controls all parking, roads and Muni) works (or doesn’t) with San Francisco Businesses. IT IS REAL IMPORTANT TO COME AND HAVE YOUR VOICE HEARD

Small Business Commission

Monday May 6th

5:30 P M (item 6 on agenda so you can come at 6 PM)

City Hall

Room 400

We are all affected by PARKING, by MUNI, by BIKE LANES, by Lack of Notices Letting our voices be heard or just lending your support to our commission that understands what our needs are is very important. This will be the 1st time the M T A will be before an official Commission

Any questions

Small Business Office (415) 554-6134


Stephen Cornell (415) 673-8900

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Affordable Care Act SHOP/ AB626 AB 1138/AB769

In a previous email I said that under the Affordable Care Act all businesses that provide health insurance to employees would be required to offer coverage to dependents. Businesses however would not be required to provide insurance to dependents. The significance of this is that if an employer offers insurance to dependents the dependents would not be eligible for subsidies. Yesterday I received a call from Michael Lujan the head of the Small Business Health Insurance Options Program [SHOP] telling me that he has received information that businesses with less than 50 employees are not required to offer coverage to dependents and therefore employees dependents will be eligible for subsidies. This is a big deal because had employers been required to offer insurance to dependents, thereby loosing the benefit of the subsidies, the employer would in many cases be doing a disservice to their employees because the cost of the dependent coverage for the employee would exceed the cost of individual coverage for the employee and dependents. To get an idea of what the subsidies are go to and see calculator.

Two awful bills are dead for this legislative session.

AB626. This bill would have eliminated many of the reforms we worked so hard on last year. Small Business California put together a coalition of over 30 small business associations to help defeat this bill.

AB1138. This bill was administrative nightmare for small businesses and insurance carriers.

We are finalizing our opposition letter for AB 769 which would eliminate the tax credit for loss Carrybacks. We will be sending our association opposition letter out today with about 30 associations signing. Thank you to all that have signed and if you have not and want to add your association please let me know today.

Scott Hauge


Small Business California

2311 Taraval Street

San Francisco, CA 94116