Provide

Defining ‘Contractor’ Status Would Provide Some Relief for Workers

A new rule proposed by the Department of Labor could bring partial relief to businesses struggling to stay afloat amid the COVID-19 pandemic’s economic fallout. It could also help millions of workers who are straining to maintain their livelihoods or attempting to find new ones.

For the first time in more than 80 years since the enactment of the Fair Labor Standards Act, a new proposed rule seeks to provide clarity on the definition of an “independent contractor” for general industry.

>>> What’s the best way for America to reopen and return to business? The National Coronavirus Recovery Commission, a project of The Heritage Foundation, assembled America’s top thinkers to figure that out. So far, it has made more than 260 recommendations. Learn more here.

This is important because it can be difficult for businesses to differentiate between employers and contractors, and extremely costly if they make the wrong determination.

As Labor Department Secretary Eugene Scalia noted, “Employers and workers looking for guidance have had to parse the sometimes-divergent decisions of the federal courts of appeals, and opinion letters the Labor Department issues occasionally without public notice or input.”

Ambiguity about how to classify workers can result in high administrative costs and cause fear and uncertainty for employers who risk costly lawsuits that could destroy their entire business if they make the wrong determination.

Fines and penalties for misclassifying workers can include back payroll tax payments, over 40% of the misclassified workers’ wages for up to three years, and, if the misclassification is determined to be intentional, up to $500,000 in fines and a year in prison.

It’s not just a difference in payments that separates employees from contractors. Employers could be on the hook for many other violations, such as: not properly documenting a worker’s hours, neglecting to

Continue Reading

Which teams would provide the best new homes for Dwayne Haskins?

The two most recent collective bargaining agreements between the NFL and the NFLPA have been both a blessing and a curse for young quarterbacks.



a baseball player pitching a ball on a field


© Provided by Touchdown Wire


Beyond the fact that rookie passers no longer immediately become the highest-paid players in the league if they are drafted early, there have been huge repercussions for young signal-callers as a result of the structured salary arrangement.

On the positive side of the ledger, since younger quarterbacks are now cost-effective, relatively speaking, teams are now anxious to get them on the field and maximize the relative value they offer at the position. The old school mentality of a rookie quarterback holding a clipboard and “learning by watching” is out the window. They play as early as possible, learning by doing instead, and teams use dollars that were previously allocated to the rookie quarterback’s salary elsewhere.

That has also spurred offensive innovation. If you have to play these young QBs, many of whom come from offenses that some consider not exactly “pro style,” you see new schematic elements work their way into the NFL. A “trickle-up” theory of offensive innovation, if you will.

But there is a downside.

Specifically, moving on from a mistake – real or perceived – is less costly for an organization.

Gallery: Offensive Report Card: Washington Football Team ‘first-quarter grades’ (SMG)

NFL organizations, especially those commonly selecting in the first ten picks of the NFL Draft each year, are not generally known for their patience. Whether is comes from ownership, the fanbase, or a combination thereof, teams that have struggled usually lack the ability to handle a slow process of improvement. These organizations might not have the stomach to handle the learning curve with a young QB.

In the past it was difficult to also stomach moving on

Continue Reading

Labour announces ban on conversion therapy, plan to help provide gender-neutral bathrooms in schools



a close up of a person


© Getty Images






a person wearing a hat


© Provided by Newshub


The Labour Party has announced several policies to help New Zealanders “live free of discrimination” based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.

The policies include banning conversion therapy and working with schools to provide gender-neutral bathrooms.

The party’s Rainbow spokesperson Tāmati Coffey says more work needs to be done to “keep moving towards a more inclusive New Zealand”.

“We will pass a law to ban the harmful practice of conversion therapy. Conversion therapy is based on the misguided idea that people are wrong or broken because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. This is fundamentally wrong,” he said.

“Conversion therapy has been linked to severe adverse mental health issues, including depression, anxiety and suicidal ideation.

“It is a practice that causes harm and is out of place in the kind, inclusive and modern country we are.”

Two petitions were presented to Parliament in 2018 calling for a ban on conversion therapy. The Justice Select Committee responded at the time by saying that while there was agreement that conversion therapy was harmful, “more work needs to be done” before any decision is taken to ban it.

Labour MP Grant Robertson says it hasn’t banned the practice during its three years of governing because there wasn’t “full government support” for it.

“What we are now saying though is this will be something we will push in government and we will pass legislation,” he said.

“The kind of practices that attempt to change or suppress somebody’s sexuality are wrong and we need to make sure that we send a very clear message about that.”

Along with the ban, Labour MP Louisa Wall says the party will also

Continue Reading

Choose the Best Driveway Contractors and They Will Provide You With Better Pathways

Did you know that as a homeowner, you have control over how your property looks? Even though you may be concerned about the interior and may a few exterior items, you need to pay special attention to how your pavement looks as well. Even something as minor as the sidewalk and personal streets that lead into your property can play a large factor in how good your property looks. These can also play a large factor in how much your property appraises for. You don't have to leave things as they are. If you want to do something different so that everything works together with your home's appearance, don't forget to hire some driveway contractors.

In addition to making your home look more unique, it can also provide a more stable pathway for your vehicle and visitors. Cracks and other issues that can affect the integrity of these pathways can cause damage to the undercarriage of your vehicles. It can also create some unwanted liabilities since anyone that gets injured on your property as a result of these defects can sue you. Keep in mind that if you have children and pets that live in the home, you don't want them to be injured as a result of negligence.

Just because you decide to hire some driveway contractors to come out to your home does not mean that you have to stick with the original design and materials. Remember it is your property and you can pick and choose what you want. If you want to change things up and add more elegance and shape to this pathway, let the company you hired know. If you want to have a different surface used, let your driveway contractors know. If you want to make some changes and are not entirely sure …

Continue Reading