This paper reviews federal workplace, environmental, economic regulations. It describes the purpose of and requirements associated with the regulations, any penalties associated with regulatory violations and how requirements or penalties differ for small v. large firms. The paper also describes programs designed to support small businesses and the firm characteristics that determine eligibility for such programs. This review reveals that in the regulatory sphere, there is no single definition of small business that applies across policy areas. Businesses that might be considered “small” for the purposes of one regulation may be considered “large” for the purposes of another.
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Exemption from Federal Workplace Regulations
Exemptions from Economic Regulation
Legislation Supportive of Small Businesses
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