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Chamber of Commerce Correspondence & Positions
March 8, 2013
Dear Senator Marshall:
This is to advise that the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce, representing a membership of nearly 1,300 businesses, has strong opposition to an increase in the minimum wage. The opposition is based on concerns expressed by our small businesses, as well as several larger corporate members.
While many of the Resort businesses already pay above the minimum wage, costs are currently at an all-time high for businesses. In addition to the unstable economic market, the passage of the Affordable Health Care Act will create a substantial increase in health care coverage cost for their employees. Businesses impacted by an increase in the minimum wage would need to find ways to cut expenses, which stymies creation of new positions and/or fewer hours for current employees.
We understand that the minimum wage bill is scheduled to be heard on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 2:30 PM in the Senate Hearing Room. We are requesting that our opposition and concerns be a part of the information and discussion.
Please feel free to contact me should you have questions or need additional information.
Carol A. Everhart
JUST IN FROM CIEE (COUNCIL ON INTERNATIONAL EDUCATIONAL EXCHANGE) AND THE ALLIANCE FOR INTERNATIONAL AND CULTURAL EXCHANGE
J-1 Program Threatened The current version of the Senate Immigration Bill would have devastating consequences for the J-1 Summer Work Travel program. The J-1 visa is a cultural exchange visa that allows university students from other countries to travel and work in the U.S. during their summer break. By classifying students as “workers,” not as cultural exchange participants, the immigration reform legislation would ultimately eliminate the Summer Work Travel program from which many businesses hire a portion of their seasonal staff. Tell your elected representatives how Immigration Reform Bill S.744 will impact your business and urge them to take immediate action! Visit http://cqrcengage.com/ciee/home to take action now or for sample correspondence visit: Senate letter: http://capwiz.com/alliance-exchange/issues/alert/?alertid=62695691
FROM CHAMBER LEGISLATIVE REP. MARK LALLY:
Here are two Bills that were pre-filed:
HB 156-AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 4 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO ALCOHOLIC LIQUORS.
This bill continues the process of updating the Liquor Control Act to make it more modern and consumer-friendly. Section 1 and 2 allow package stores to open at 8:00 a.m., instead of 9:00 a.m. on days other than Sundays. Section 3 allows package stores to open at 11:00 a.m. on Sundays instead of noon. All of these changes reflect consumer demand for more convenient shopping hours. May 30, 2013 - Introduced and Assigned to House Administration Committee in House
HB 168- AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 19 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION AND COUNSELING, TRAINING AND PLACEMENT ACTIVITIES.
This Bill in Section 1 establishes a one-week waiting period as a condition of eligibility for unemployment insurance benefits for claims establishing a benefit year beginning January 1, 2014 and thereafter.
Section 2 sunsets the one-week waiting period as a condition of eligibility for unemployment insurance for claims establishing a benefit year beginning January 1, 2017 and thereafter.
Section 3 defines “waiting period”. The one-week waiting period is the first week after a claim for unemployment insurance benefits is filed. No unemployment insurance benefits are paid for the one-week waiting period.
Section 4 sunsets the definition of “waiting period” for unemployment insurance for claims establishing a benefit year beginning January 1, 2017 and thereafter.
Section 5 increases the taxable wage base from its current level of $10,500 effective calendar year 2014. The taxable wage base will be based on a “trigger”; specifically the balance of the UI Trust Fund as of September 30 of the preceding calendar year. The higher the fund balance, the lower the taxable wage base. If the UI Trust Fund balance is $125.0 million or less, the taxable wage base will be $18,500; if the UI Trust Fund balance is greater than $125.0 million, but less than $175.0 million, the taxable wage base will be $16,500; if the UI Trust Fund balance is at least $175.0 million, but no greater than $225.0 million, the taxable wage base will be $14,500; if the UI Trust Fund balance is greater than $225.0 million, but less than $275.0 million, the taxable wage base will be $12,500 and if the UI Trust Fund balance is $275.0 million or greater, the taxable wage base will be $10,500.
Section 6 provides that any loan of State funds to repay loans from the federal government to the UI Trust Fund shall be repaid from unemployment insurance tax receipts.
Section 7 decreases the “special assessment” (the “training tax”), as established in § 3401, Title 19, DE Code, when the taxable wage base increases. The assessment rate will be .085% when the taxable wage base is $18,500, .095% when the taxable wage base is $16,500, .11% when the taxable wage base is $14,500, .126% when the taxable wage base is $12,500 and .15% when the taxable wage base is $10,500. May 30, 2013 – Introduced and Assigned to the House Labor Committee
For a complete Calendar of Events, visit the Chamber website - www.beach-fun.com. If you have questions, please give Carol a call on the member hotline- 227-6446, or her cell phone at 542-7547.
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