NSBA Registers Opposition to New EEOC Policy

February 15, 2012

As NSBA reported last week, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has come out with a new policy that any employer requiring high school diplomas would be unlawful under the Americans with Disabilities Act unless the employer can demonstrate that the diploma requirement is job related and consistent with business necessity. This new policy...


Braley Introduces Plain Regulations Act

January 24, 2012

Last week, Rep. Bruce Braley (D – Iowa) introduced the Plain Regulations Act of 2012 with the goal of simplifying federal regulations and reducing costs to small businesses.  According to a 2010 study from the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Office of Advocacy, it costs small businesses with less than 20 employees more...


NSBA Urges Easing of SEC Small Biz Regulation

January 10, 2012

NSBA submitted comments to the recently formed Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies. In those comments, NSBA endorsed a specific proposal to relax restrictions on general solicitation in private securities offerings to accredited investors. The Advisory Committee noted NSBA’s comments in its meeting and...


NSBA Submits Comments on Proposed Gift Rule

November 15, 2011

NSBA filed comments regarding an Office of Government Ethics proposed rule limiting gifts from registered lobbyists and lobbying organizations. NSBA is particularly concerned about the revisions affecting widely attended gatherings (those with more than 100 people).  These rules will make it highly unlikely that government officials will attend meetings with ordinary business...


Hearings Announced on Small Biz Patent Protection

October 18, 2011

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently published two public notices regarding issues of potential concern to the small-business community. The notices announced three upcoming hearings and two requests for comment on the issues of prior user rights and international patent protection for small firms. All three hearings will...


Senate Small-Biz Cmte. Approves Sargeant Nom.

October 12, 2011

The U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship yesterday voted 17-2 to approve the nomination of Dr. Winslow Sargeant to be the next Chief Counsel for Advocacy at the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Office of Advocacy. His nomination will now await a full Senate vote. Dr. Sargeant has been...


NSBA Provides Comments on SEC Reg Review

October 6, 2011

On Oct. 6, 2011, NSBA submitted comments to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regarding their retrospective review of their current, existing regulations, and urged closer attention to small-business concerns. In its comments, NSBA commended President Barack Obama and the SEC for undertaking this review to determine which SEC regulations...


Details on Health Exchange Regs

July 27, 2011

As previously reported, the Department of Health and Human Resources (HHS) proposed regulations governing the development of health insurance exchanges. The 224-page proposal was published in the Federal Register on July 15, and comments are due Sept. 28. NSBA is continuing to study and evaluate the rules, and will submit...


Obama Signs Another Reg Reform Executive Order

July 19, 2011

In the wake of his January Memoranda and Executive Order 13563, which required executive branch agencies to reduce regulations that placed unnecessary burdens on U.S. businesses and the public, President Barack Obama signed July 11 a new Memoranda and Executive Order aimed at independent agencies. According to the Obama Administration,...


Health Exchange Regulations Forthcoming

July 13, 2011

This week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) proposed a set of rules to govern the development of health insurance exchanges.  Starting in 2014, these exchanges will be available to small businesses and individuals to shop for health insurance, learn about tax credits and other premium assistance, and...