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Frequently Asked Questions About Small Business

Advocacy’s most popular publication, the FAQ About Small Businesses, is updated yearly with up-to-date statistics about American small business. Read the latest version here.

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November 2021 Economic Bulletin

Advocacy’s bi-annual economic bulletin looks at how American small businesses have recovered since the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more here.

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What's New With Small Business, 2021 Edition

A handy infographic, Advocacy's What’s New with Small Business 2021 Edition provides a snapshot of small business statistics in a visual format. Read more here.

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Regulatory Alerts

EPA Seeks Small Entity Representatives for SBREFA Panel on Proposed PFAS National Primary Drinking Water Regulation

The Environmental Protection Agency seeks small entity representatives to advise on a rulemaking to develop a National Primary Drinking Water Regulation concerning certain per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances. Please contact Assistant Chief Counsel Astrika Adams by late January 2022.

CPFB Issues Proposed Rule on Small Business Lending Data Collection

The Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection has proposed a rule to require covered financial institutions to collect and report data on applications for credit for small businesses and to address privacy concerns related to data collections. Comments due January 6, 2022.

OSHA Seeks Information on Heat Stress for Outdoor and Indoor Workers

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration seeks comments on a proposed rule surrounding heat stress in both indoor and outdoor workplaces. Comments due December 27, 2021.

FWS and NMFS Seek Comments on Rescission of Two Endangered Species Habitat Rules

The Fish and Wildlife Service along with the National Marine Fisheries Service seek comments on the rescission of two rules related to the Endangered Species Act. Due date November 26, 2021.

EPA Further Extends Compliance Date for The Regulation of Phenol, Isopropylated Phosphate 3:1 as a Persistent, Bioaccumulative, and Toxic Chemical under TSCA Section 6(H)

The Environmental Protection Agency proposes extending the compliance date for a rule applicable to the processing and distribution of certain articles containing phenol, isopropylated phosphate 3:1 (PIP 3:1), and the PIP 3:1 used to make those articles until October 31, 2024. Comments on the extension due December 27, 2021.

More Regulatory Alerts

The FAR Council Requests Comment on Minimizing the Risk of Climate Change in Federal Procurement

The Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council requests comments from small businesses on how the Federal Acquisition Regulations could be amended in light of climate change executive orders. Due date December 14, 2021.

OSHA Issues Emergency Temporary Standard on COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration seeks comments on its emergency temporary standard on mandatory COVID-19 vaccination and testing. Comments due December 6, 2021.

EPA and the Corps of Engineers Request Proposed Groups for Geographic Roundtables to Discuss Definition of the Waters of the United States (WOTUS)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have extended the deadline on proposed groups to provide their membership information and perspective on the definition of the Waters of the United States. Comments due December 1, 2021.

FWS Seeks Comments on Notice to Develop Permitting Program for Take of Migratory Birds

The Fish and Wildlife Service seeks comments on a proposed rulemaking that authorizes incidental take of migratory birds under certain conditions. Comments on the rulemaking are due December 3, 2021.

DOL Proposes to Allow Use of ESG Factors Such as Climate-Related Financial Risk in Retirement Funds

The Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration has proposed a series of amendments to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974. The amendments clarify fiduciary duties as well as addressing climate-related financial risk. Comments due December 13, 2021.

USCIS Requests Public Input on Remote Document Examination for Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services requests information from small businesses on Form I-9, a form utilized by employers to attest that they have physically examined documentation provided by a potential employee and verified employee identity and employment eligibility. Comments due December 27, 2021.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


There are two main ways you can connect with Advocacy and share your concerns about regulatory burdens on small businesses:

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1) Contact Advocacy Staff about the regulatory issues your small business is experiencing.

 

2) Check Out Advocacy's Publication, "A Basic Guide to Federal Rulemaking and Small Business" to learn how small business can get involved in the federal rulemaking process.