Category: Legislative News

Legislative News
Out-of-Session Advocacy

In Connecticut, our General Assembly—composed of a Senate and a House of Representatives—convene for regular sessions in the winter and spring. In even-numbered years (like 2020), the General Assembly is in session from February to May. In odd-numbered years (like 2019), when the state budget must be drafted and approved, the regular session runs from […]

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Income Tax Hike Targets Small Businesses

Chamber Legislative Alert!!  Lawmakers could vote at any time on a new state budget and tax package that reportedly includes a $53 million income tax hike on most small businesses. Last year, the legislature implemented a new tax on pass-through entities (LLCs, LLPs, partnerships, sole proprietorships, S Corps) with an offsetting income tax credit to […]

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Windham Chamber Legislative ALERT!!! Take Action

Concerned about the impact that mandated paid family and medical leave will have on your business?  State lawmakers will soon act on legislation mandating 12-14 weeks annual paid leave at 100% of salary, capped at $1,000 weekly, for all private sector workers in Connecticut. Employers will shoulder additional administrative burdens involved with juggling new workforce […]

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CT Business Day at the State Capital

Join hundreds of business leaders at this annual event and share your business story with lawmakers. Legislators need to hear from the business community as they look to help employers grow the economy and create more jobs.  The morning begins with a welcome session, followed by breakouts that give you an opportunity to meet with […]

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Healthcare mandates increase health insurance costs to employers and their employees A series of bills mandating expanded healthcare coverage could significantly increase costs for Connecticut small businesses and their employees.  Rising healthcare costs remain one of the main concerns for Connecticut employers, particularly small businesses, which are the majority of businesses in the Windham Region.  “With […]

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New Tax Laws

Publication 5318, Tax Reform: What’s New for Your Business, is a 12-page electronic document. Pub. 5318 provides a general overview of many of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) changes enacted in December 2017 that impact business taxes. Publication 5318 includes sections on: Qualified Business Income Deduction  Depreciation Business related losses Business related exclusions […]

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State Workers’ Compensation Fund Cuts Employer Assessment Rates

Connecticut employers will save more than $100 million in workers’ compensation costs next fiscal year due to a reduction in assessment rates for the state’s Second Injury Fund. State Treasurer Denise Nappier this week announced a half-point drop in rates. “The rates for insurance companies will decrease from 2.75% to 2.25% for insured employers,” Nappier […]

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Employer Alert: State Modifies Unemployment Claims Hearing Process

The state Department of Labor has modified the initial fact-finding hearing for the unemployment compensation claims adjudication process. Employers will no longer receive Form UC-840E, Notice to Employer of Hearing, but will now be mailed Form UC-790, Fact Finding Supplement, and are required to respond in writing within 10 calendar days of when the form […]

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Tax Reform: Changes to Depreciation Affect Businesses Now

As employers across the country celebrate National Small Business Week, the IRS reminds businesses that the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act may affect their depreciation deductions and taxes.  Business taxpayers can generally depreciate tangible property except land, including buildings, machinery, vehicles, furniture and equipment.  Changes to depreciation and how they will affect businesses may […]

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