Senate Takes up Cybersecurity Legislation

August 1, 2012

The Senate this week is taking up cyber security legislation to institute voluntary standards for the most critical infrastructure systems (e.g. electric grids, banking systems, etc.) to enhance security requirements.

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NLRB Rules on Employer Off-Duty Access Policies

July 24, 2012

The NLRB recently ruled that Sodexo violated labor law due to a failure to "uniformly prohibit access to off-duty employees seeking entry to the property for any purpose,” which will force employers to develop very detailed policies for off-duty employees.

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Update on SBIR/STTR Proposed Regulations

July 24, 2012

NSBA and SBTC recently gathered more than 500 signatures from small-business owners and organizations urging changes to the proposed SBIR/STTR regulations that would open the program to large and foreign corporations.

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2012 Small Business Access to Capital Survey

July 11, 2012

According to a NSBA's 2012 Small Business Access to Capital Survey, released today, cash flow issues continue to plague a significant number of America’s small businesses, with nearly half (43 percent) reporting that they needed funds at one point in the last four years and were unable to find any willing sources.

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President Announces Small Business Proposals

July 11, 2012

President Obama unveiled a number of small-business initiatives including: extending expanded Section 179 expensing, enhancing SBA lending programs and shorten payment times for federal contractors. Unfortunately, he failed to extend the 2001 and 2003 reduced marginal income tax rates to anyone earning more than $250,000 which could hit a good number of small-business pass-through entities.

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Small Biz Urged to Support JOBS Act

July 10, 2012

NSBA is urging small-business owners to weigh in with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), in support of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act signed into law in April. The implementation of the law is now under the direction of the SEC which is in the process of crafting...

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Immigration Update: Deferred Action and H-2B Visas

June 20, 2012

Immigration reform has been the center of public debate in recent weeks with the White House announcing a new imigration policy, “deferred action,” wherein they likely will not pursue deportation for certain illegal immigrants. Additionally, a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee approved an amendment that would ease the H-2B visa process. Deferred...

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