BTW Articles

12 Oct

California’s Retirement Plan Mandate Could Spur Adoption in Other States

California has become the fifth state to mandate that private-sector companies enroll their workers in a state-based retirement program if they do not offer a retirement program themselves.

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28 Sep

Updated Study Drives Home Amazon’s Negative Impact on Economy

On September 28, ABA and Civic Economics released a full update of their “Amazon and Empty Storefronts” study. The new data, from 2015, shows that Amazon’s negative impact on Main Streets is growing significantly worse.

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21 Sep

Amazon to Collect Sales Tax on D.C. Purchases

Amazon will begin collecting and remitting sales tax in Washington, D.C., in October. The decision appears to be related to Amazon’s desire to open a storefront location in the District.

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06 Sep

Presidential Candidates Propose Policies Affecting Small Businesses

The platforms of the four U.S. presidential candidates — Democrat Hillary Clinton, Republican Donald Trump, Libertarian Gary Johnson, and the Green Partys Jill Stein — address policies that could significantly impact small businesses.

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06 Sep

New Overtime Rules Go Into Effect December 1

Under a new U.S. Department of Labor rule, business owners will be required to pay time-and-a-half to any employee who makes less than $47,476 per year or $913 per week for any hours worked beyond the 40-hour-per-week threshold.

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30 Aug

New Law Would Require California Businesses to Offer Retirement Plan to Employees

A California bill that is expected to be signed into law will require private-sector companies with five or more employees either to offer an employer-sponsored retirement plan or to automatically enroll their employees in a new state-run Secure Choice retirement plan.

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16 Aug

Minimum Wage Update

This week, the city councils of Minneapolis and Cleveland rejected minimum wage increase proposals; Colorado took a step towards putting a statewide minimum wage initiative on the November ballot; and Iowa’s Linn County supervisors are voting on whether to draft a minimum wage ordinance.

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10 Aug

Report Finds Increased Antitrust Oversight Needed to Protect Small Business

The sharp decline in the number of small, independent businesses in the U.S. is due, at least in part, to “anticompetitive behavior by large, dominant corporations,” according to a report by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance.

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04 Aug

Music Licensing for the Uninitiated

If you play music in your bookstore, you need to understand what your legal responsibilities — and rights — are. Here's an up-to-date look at the major performing rights organizations, what they do, and the factors that dictate their licensing fees.

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26 Jul

Minimum Wage Roundup

Here’s a look at some of this week’s minimum wage stories making the news in Colorado, Connecticut, Maryland, Minnesota, and Washington State.

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