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On March 29, the House Committee on Small Business held a hearing titled: "Evaluating the Paperwork Reduction Act: Are Burdens Being Reduced?" With some limited exceptions, the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) requires all executive department and independent agencies to obtain approval from the Office of Management and Budget in advance of collecting information from or imposing a recordkeeping requirement on 10 or more employees. The Committee examined the PRA's effectiveness in reducing the paperwork burden on small businesses and issues that warrant further scrutiny or legislative action.
In his testimony, Frank Cania, SHRM-SCP, Founder & President of drivenHR and a SHRM Advocacy Team (A-Team) member, addressed the challenges faced by many small businesses that do not have a dedicated HR person or department that are required to handle all of the filing requirements found under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA). "[S]mall-business employers often fall into the 'they don't know what they don't know' category. There are no required classes for small businesses on all forms and requirements of the federal and state governments." He continued, "…for far too many small businesses, and far too many well-intentioned and hard-working small-business owners, government forms and data collection may unnecessarily pose their biggest threat to continued success and prosperity."
Continuing to work with Congress to reduce the burdens imposed on small-businesses, SHRM signed an industry letter supporting Chairman Steve Chabot's (R-OH) bill H.R. 33, the Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act of 2017.
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