Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Unemployment/ National Labor Relations Board/ Volunteers in Medicine

Because of the recent recession, California Unemployment Insurance (UI) Trust fund continues to have a deficit. As a result, it has taken loans from the federal government to pay for the state UI benefits. It had until Nov. 10th to repay the loan or California employers would be assessed with additional FUTA taxes. For the 2013 tax year, California employers will be subject to an additional 0.9% or $63 per employee. The tax is due with the annual FUTA (940) return, which is on Jan 31, 2014.

For more information about the additional FUTA taxes, please visit:

The California  Employers Association just sent a notice out that after a two year legal battle with employers who challenged the rule, the National Relations Board won't pursue efforts to require businesses to display a large poster advising employees of their right to unionize. This announcement was made on January 6th.

The notice that would have been required would have been an 11x17 poster and failure to do so would be considered an unfair labor practice.

I thought you would be interested in this article about Volunteers in Medicine that appeared in the Philanthropy Roundtable’s Winter 2014 magazine. Volunteers in Medicine is the organization that takes retired doctors, nurses and lay volunteers who provide free health services to the working uninsured. I am Vice Chair of this organization and Clinic by the Bay, which I co-founded is one of the 96 VIM Clinic around the country.

Scott Hauge
Small Business California
2311 Taraval Street
San Francisco, CA  94116

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