Small Business Issues
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Testimony presented before the House Science and Technology Committee, Subcommittee on Technology and Innovation.
January 4, 2007
Nanomaterials in the Workplace: A Summary of the RAND Policy and Planning Workshop on Occupational Safety and Health
Testimony presented to Public Meeting on Research Needs Related to the Environmental, Health, and Safety Aspects of Engineered Nanoscale Materials.
Raises concerns that the bundling of health insurance and employment may discourage business creation.
Finds that the Affordable Care Act will increase the percentage of employers that offer health coverage to workers: from 57 percent to 80 percent for firms with 50 or fewer workers, and from 90 percent to 98 percent for firms with 51 to 100 workers.
Is the Economic Burden of Providing Health Insurance Greater for Small Firms Than for Large Firms? — 2008
This research brief reports that, from 2000 to 2005, the economic burden of providing health insurance increased for employers, especially for the smallest firms, and that small firms offered plans of slightly lower quality than did large firms.
Do Benefits of Sarbanes-Oxley Justify the Costs? Empirical Evidence in the Case of Small Firms — 2007
This research brief summarizes the impact of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) on small firms based on a review of studies of relative compliance costs, stock-price reactions, and exit patterns from the public market.
This research brief summarizes a compilation of studies on several kinds of regulation of small firms and their intended and actual effects, as well as how to ensure that such regulations have the effects intended.