Monthly Archives: April 2012

Minimum Wage – The “Albany Dance” Begins

With comments offered yesterday, Governor Cuomo has reaffirmed his “conceptual” support for a hike in New York’s minimum wage and so the “Albany Dance” of negotiations presumably begins.  Throughout this debate, NFIB has remained committed to our members and the … Continue reading

Posted in New York, Small Business | Tagged | Leave a comment

Did You Know? School District Pension Contributions

Are all school district/municipal employees contributing to the pension fund to keep it well funded? Employees contribute according to their pension system tier and therefore are only obligated to pay for a certain period of time and at a certain … Continue reading

Posted in New York, Small Business | Tagged | Leave a comment

Small Business News – April 24th

Today is Presidential Primary Day in New York.. Ever have some time on your hands, and feel the need to explore either the NYS or NYC budget?  Now you can! Governor Cuomo revealed his position on the minimum wage hike … Continue reading

Posted in New York, Small Business | Leave a comment

Did You Know? Pension Contributions

Can a school district/municipal government freeze contributions to the pension fund? The simple answer is no.  Currently, New York provides a defined benefit plan that is guaranteed by taxpayers.  The contribution rate promised to employees upon entering the pension system … Continue reading

Posted in New York, Small Business | Tagged | Leave a comment

Small Business News – April 23rd Edition

Rain, Snow, Wind…in April.  Lovely here in Albany and around the State today.  Below are today’s small biz headlines.. That notorious “Scaffold Law” was the topic of a letter to the editor in the Syracuse Post-Standard over the weekend.  NFIB/NY … Continue reading

Posted in New York, Small Business | Leave a comment

Saturday’s Small Business Headlines

Small business updates for some lazy Saturday reading.. Are you curious about how your representatives in Congress voted on small business issues?  Check out NFIB’s latest report on the 112th Congress. Check out this informative video on NFIB’s Top 5 … Continue reading

Posted in New York, Small Business | Leave a comment

Did You Know? Healthcare Contributions

Do school district/municipal government retirees contribute to the cost of healthcare? Local government employees are entitled to benefits (health, dental, life insurance premiums, etc.) when they retire based on the contractual provisions of a collective bargaining agreement.  Since healthcare contributions … Continue reading

Posted in New York, Small Business | Tagged | Leave a comment

Did You Know? Employee Healthcare

Can school districts/municipal governments require the same level of contribution to its healthcare plan that New York State requires of its employees? The answer is no.  Health insurance coverage is collectively bargained between the local government and the union but … Continue reading

Posted in New York, Small Business | Tagged | Leave a comment

Friday’s Small Business Headlines

A few headlines on a beautiful Friday in Albany.. Governor’s Cuomo’s Executive Order authorizing the creation of New York’s Health Exchange continues to make some news. Yesterday, the Governor released the final 2012-13 State Fiscal Plan. The New York Post Editorial … Continue reading

Posted in New York, Small Business | Leave a comment

Did You Know? Expired Contracts

Can a school district/municipal government suspend salary increments or step increases while operating under an expired contract? The Triborough Amendment of the Taylor Law dictates that all provisions of an expired agreement continue until the parties agree to a new … Continue reading

Posted in New York, Small Business | Leave a comment