Category Archives: Small Business

Governor Cuomo’s State of the State Address – What Small Business Needs to Know

Yesterday, Governor Cuomo delivered his fourth State of the State address.  It was a panacea of  proposals covering the entire spectrum of public policy.  NFIB/NY’s response was generally positive and receptive to the tax and regulatory reform proposals, with some … Continue reading

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Small Business Applauds Governor’s Focus on Taxes

Most of Cuomo’s blueprint is positive, says NFIB, but small business owners caution against circuit breaker initiative as a property tax shift, not a real fix  Albany (January 8, 2014) – Mike Durant, State Director for the National Federation of … Continue reading

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IRS Ruling on Automatic Gratuities Leads to Paperwork and Costs for Restaurants

Many restaurants that continue to include automatic gratuities on checks for large parties of six or eight will face additional paperwork and costs due to an IRS Ruling that takes effect January 1, 2014. The IRS Ruling is in fact … Continue reading

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Can You be Sued for Failing to Report Intoxicated Patrons to the Police?

This week the Tennessee Supreme Court handed-down a decision that may open the door for new lawsuits. In Cullum v. McCool, a customer sued Wal-Mart after she was run-over in the parking lot by another patron. It so happened that … Continue reading

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Scaffold Law Facts – the Impact on MWBE’s is Staggering

New York’s notorious scaffold law has a broad negative impact.  The dramatic increase of costs on schools, municipalities, small business and taxpayers has ground new construction and vital infrastructure modernization to a halt. This isn’t spin, these are facts.  Children … Continue reading

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NYC’s listing as “Judicial Hellhole” Should Remind Albany of the Need for Tort Reform

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) today said that lawmakers in Albany who would like to keep tort reform on the back burner should read a new report today by a national group that named New York City one … Continue reading

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NFIB Objects to Proposition 65 Abuse in California

In 1986 the voters of California adopted an initiative known as Proposition 65 (colloquially “Prop. 65.”). If you live in California—or if you have visited recently—you see Prop. 65 warnings everywhere you go. The Act requires businesses to prominently display … Continue reading

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NFIB/NY Unveils 2014 Legislative Agenda

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) today released an ambitious legislative session for next year that features tax and regulatory reforms to improve New York’s notoriously bad business climate and legal changes to eliminate predatory lawsuits. “An unprecedented level … Continue reading

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The Tax Relief Debate In New York Begins

The Pataki-McCall Tax Commission, appointed by Governor Cuomo and charged with the task of offering recommendations on cutting taxes in New York has announced their findings. Within this report are recommendations that will help small businesses, such as reforming the … Continue reading

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Employee Misclassification: Guilty Until Proven Innocent

Many people that once dreamed of being their own boss could now have a big problem on their hands. And many businesses that rely on those individuals to help carry out operations could be in the same boat.  This week … Continue reading

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