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  •  Bingo! (1+ / 0-)
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    Unfortunately, the GOPers are in charge, so nothing good is likely to happen before November.

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    by Youffraita on Mon Jul 07, 2014 at 04:02:06 PM PDT

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    •  But companies are still getting away (0+ / 0-)

      with offering per diem (on-call) jobs, where they have the control over your hours, so once you close in on the magic number for full-time, suddenly they have no work for you (and if they're busy, that's obviously a lie). But magically, after the pay period ends, your services are suddenly in demand, right up to the point of the magic number for full time. A good number of these companies get money from the federal government, yet routinely break equal opportunity and labor laws. IMO, there needs to be a big increase in the number of investigators in the labor dept, large fines, and serious jail time for companies that break the labor laws. Elsewhere on this page there is a reference to a life sentence for a non violent offender who "broke" marijuana laws. Yet literally billions per year (latest estimate  $60 billion) is lost to fraud waste and abuse of Medicare alone--which all working people pay for. That's the equivalent of 12 Trident Submarines! Republicans are supposedly "strong" on national defense, yet in their executive offices they are doing things and making decisions that routinely defraud the federal government, and they the execs use corporate money to support candidates that run on a platform of lower taxes, so the execs can continue business as usual.  The disconnect is staggering. Today's remedy: more federal labor investigators, so the government can actually sue the bastards, and win. There's a $60 billion opportunity waiting to happen.

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