Archive by category Small Business

When Moms Who Run Businesses Take Maternity Leave

When Moms Who Run Businesses Take Maternity Leave

Photograph by Fuse Kristen McAlister has moved up hiring timelines, increased administrative support, and written reams of instructions for her nine employees at Cerius Interim Executive Solutions, the staffing company she co-owns. Despite all the preparation, she worries how the Irvine (Calif.) business will fare when she gives birth in late December. “I will still […]

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Why Obamacare Won’t Unleash a Flood of Startups

Why Obamacare Won’t Unleash a Flood of Startups

Photograph by Jim Krantz/Gallery Stock Today marks the start of enrollment in the new health insurance exchanges, which will enable people without employer-sponsored health insurance to buy their own. A RAND working paper argues that by making it easier for self-employed people to obtain health insurance, the Affordable Care Act has “the potential to weaken […]

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More Reasons Not to Spy on Potential Hires

More Reasons Not to Spy on Potential Hires

Photograph by Danny Israel/Photonica/Getty Images Recent accounts of prospective employees forced to divulge their social media passwords in job interviews have lawmakers and privacy advocates buzzing. State legislators in California and elsewhere are introducing legislation to ban the practice, and federal legislation is being discussed as well. But how widespread is this policy—and should small […]

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How Much Risk Is Too Much for Small Businesses?

How Much Risk Is Too Much for Small Businesses?

Photograph by Eric Bean/Getty Images That’s the question states around the country are asking as they consider restricting how employers can set up their health insurance plans. Colorado lawmakers will hold a hearing April 9 on a bill aimed at keeping small businesses in the state insurance market at a time when some are considering […]

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Can a New Obamacare Site Remedy Employers’ Confusion?

Can a New Obamacare Site Remedy Employers’ Confusion?

Photograph by Getty Images More than $500 million has been spent on advertising for and against health reform since 2009, with groups opposing Obamacare outspending supporters by almost 5 to 1, Bloomberg News’ Stephanie Armour reported this week. Opponents regularly cast small employers as victims of the law, and the competing messages have caused plenty […]

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More Smoke Than Light Over the Obamacare Delay

More Smoke Than Light Over the Obamacare Delay

Photograph by Getty Images Yesterday evening the White House announced it would delay implementation of the employer mandate in the Affordable Care Act, giving businesses with more than 50 workers an extra year before they must offer health insurance to employees. The decision came in response to business owners’ “concerns about the complexity of the requirements […]

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