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As the 2006 election cycle heats up, small-business owners across the country are beginning to evaluate where candidates stand on the issues—such as health care, legal reform, regulatory reform, and tax relief—that are most important to them.
It’s a key time for employers to remember that laws and regulations that have an impact on small businesses don’t just affect business owners—they also affect employees. The policies and candidates that are being decided upon will not only have an affect on the small-business bottom line but will also change the livelihoods and work environment of small-business employees.
Too often, employers shy away from discussing politics and elections at work because they fear they will offend someone or they are unsure of what they can legally say or do. But there are ways to talk to your employees about politics and voting in an upcoming election without crossing any lines.
As the business owner, you do not want to impose your political views on your employees. However, you do want to offer them the same factual information you were armed with in making your decision on who to vote for or what issue position to support.
Informing employees about how positions on small-business issues affect them will help make the voice of small business stronger at the ballot box and in your community. Keep all information factual and unbiased—let your employees make their own informed decisions on election day.
Vice President, Political
National Federation of Independent Business
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