This allows them to underbid all honest business people. Honest construction contractors and subcontractors are at a severe disadvantage because we obey the law and meet the above referenced requirements.A fair day's wage
Not only does misclassification of workers hurt our ability to run our businesses and create jobs, but the JLARC report estimates that state revenue losses are as much as $28 million a year. In addition to the loss to the general fund, the Virginia Employment Commission loses tax revenue, while workers' compensation premiums go up for the rest of the business community who must foot the bill for uninsured employers. [...] Obviously, many legitimate independent contractors work in the construction industry. However, when there are 20, 30 or 50 people hanging sheetrock at a school or hospital project, those people are employees of the subcontractor — not independent business owners. The JLARC report concludes that most misclassification is intentional, not the result of confusion about the definition of "employee."
- You'd think being a television writer or producer would be glamorous, but not so much.
- Protesters supporting striking Houston janitors were arrested Tuesday. SEIU is targeting JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon, who, when challenged by a janitor on why the people cleaning JP Morgan Chase buildings are paid so little, told her to call his office to set up an appointment. Needless to say, her call was not returned.
State and local legislation
- Wording for ballot initiatives to raise the minimum wage and cap payday loan interest rates was upheld by the Missouri Supreme Court. The signatures to qualify the measures for the ballot haven't yet been certified, but organizers say they have a generous margin.
War on Education
- Parents in Los Altos, California, are organizing against preferential treatment for an extremely litigious charter school that charges a de facto tuition of $5,000 and is discriminating against special education students, English language learners, Latinos, and poor students.
- Sen. Tom Harkin has released his report on for-profit colleges, which paints the industry in a predictably and deservedly bad light.