As released by the Small Business Survival Committee, August 31, 2001)
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August 31, 2001 Darrell McKigney
SMALL BUSINESS GROUP SAYS PUBLIC POLICY MUST
CHANGE TO REFLECT CHANGING NATURE OF LABOR
WASHINGTON – As Americans observe Labor Day this weekend, the Small Business
Survival Committee (SBSC) says politicians should take note of the changing
nature of labor in this country and change public policies to better reflect
the new economy.
“It’s time for government leaders to recognize that the nature of work in
this country is changing dramatically and public policies must change to
keep up with the times,” said SBSC President Darrell McKigney. “The reality
is, the days when most people worked 9-5 for a big company are fading fast
and are being replaced by a new economy that is more high-tech,
service-oriented and most notably, moving fast towards small business and
McKigney noted that according to U.S. Government figures, the number of
home-based businesses has increased by about a third over the last decade
and is growing fast. Figures also show small businesses are creating
three-quarters of all new jobs.
“I think the explosion of the internet and technology has created enormous
opportunities for people to be self-employed and run small businesses, and
the growth of services has fed that as well,” McKigney said. “And if the
economy results in some rocky times, you may see even more people looking
towards self-employment either as a necessity or for financial security.”
SBSC Chairman Karen Kerrigan cited an increasing number of women who choose
to work out of their homes part-time or run small businesses as another
reason for the move towards self-employment: “Women today want more
options, opportunities and flexibility in their lives, and for many women a
home office or entrepreneurship gives them that.”
McKigney says public policy must change to reflect a changing work force.
“Too much of our public policy favors the old factory-style work model and
is hostile to home businesses. That’s simply a left-over of the old economy
where management and labor unions were both hostile to home businesses.
“We should welcome the movement towards more self-employment and home-based
businesses. They not only create more options for working people, they also
have benefits for transportation, energy, environmental, and family issues
McKigney said laws involving home office deductibility, insurance
deductibility, payroll taxes, independent contractor status, ergonomics
rules and other issues have been stacked against the self-employed for many
years and changes must continue to be made. He praised legislation
introduced by the Ranking Member of the Senate Small Business Committee,
Senator Kit Bond (R-Mo) which addresses some of these issues.
The Small Business Survival Committee is a national nonprofit, nonpartisan
small business advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C. For more
information, see www.sbsc.org.
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