Kansas Chamber Statement on HB 2453

February 13, 2014

The Kansas Chamber commends Senate President Susan Wagle for listening to the concerns of the business community regarding what our members see as the unintended consequences of House Bill 2453, if implemented.

The legal departments of a number of businesses are concerned that this bill raises legal issues and potentially costly legal questions over how businesses would be expected to comply with areas of business speech, discrimination, and privacy concerns covered in the bill. Questions have also arisen over how employers would be required to handle employer/employee relationships, particularly in light of federal law and how potential application appears to extend far beyond the original legislative intent. The impact on Kansas businesses, particularly those with very few employees, is very troubling.

We thank Senate President Wagle for her message of caution and concern and appreciate her willingness to examine the concerns of businesses and their legal departments and act accordingly.

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The Kansas Chamber, with headquarters in Topeka, is the leading statewide pro-business advocacy group moving Kansas towards becoming the best state in America to live and work. The Chamber represents small, medium and large employers all across Kansas.