burdens of regulation
thinking about what it takes to be in business and the challenge of working with
I hired a
new employee a few weeks ago who is just out of school. I have to send in forms
to Employment Security and DSHS. Of course, I have to make sure that I get two
forms of ID to verify that he is not an illegal. The list is much longer of the
things I need to be sure to do. There are so many legal liabilities for having
just one employee and for staying in business: social security, labor &
industries, employment security, income tax forms, quarterly reports, B & O
tax payments for both the city and the state, health insurance enrollment.
These don't include internal forms to assure against future lawsuits - personnel
policies, travel policies, etc.
more things that I am forgetting? Of course there are always new obligations on
the horizon for the business itself. While I am an association, I still have to
run as a small business and make sure that I am meeting all of the government's
regulations and laws.
day, Richard Davis, president of the Washington Research Council, wrote an
article on the maze of state and local laws. It struck me as so burdensome to
know that each year government adds more and more regulations. He wrote that
last year there were 13,000 pages of new regulations written in Washington State
in 2010. The agencies had proposed 17,000. That's where you know that
associations like us come in, trying to stave off as much new regulation as
wonder that candidates running for office are campaigning on a platform of less
regulation. Business understands this completely. Anyone who isn't in business
just sees this as some attempt at destroying the country. Somewhere there has
to be a happy middle ground.
is in the idea of a true freeze on all new regulations for 2 years. That would
give business a great deal of stability for planning their business growth and
for hiring decisions. Of course, it would lay off a lot of public employees
whose job it is to write new laws full time - every day of the year.