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Trump administration discourages diversity hiring by contractors

WASHINGTON D.C. (KRON) – American companies promising to hire more Black employees in leadership roles and teach their workforce about racism are getting a message from President Donald Trump’s administration: Watch your step if you want to keep doing business with the federal government.

Trump’s Labor Department is using a 55-year-old presidential order spurred by the Civil Rights Movement to scrutinize companies like Microsoft and Wells Fargo over their public commitments to diversity. Government letters sent last week warned both companies against using “discriminatory practices” to meet their goals.

Microsoft has brushed off the warnings, publicly disclosing the government inquiry and defending its plan to boost Black leadership.

But advocates for corporate diversity initiatives worry that more cautious executives will halt or scale back efforts to make their workplaces more inclusive out of fear that a wrong step could jeopardize lucrative public contracts. The agency has oversight over the hiring practices of thousands of federal contractors that employ roughly a quarter of all American workers.

“For tech companies that don’t care about these issues, the pronouncements are a dog whistle that they can carry on discriminating the way they already have,” said Laszlo Bock, an executive who ran Google’s human resources division for more than a decade and now leads software startup Humu.

Bock said those who do care, however, will see Trump’s actions as political “sound and fury” that will be hard to enforce.

“It’s not at all illegal to strive to have a workforce that reflects the makeup of your nation,” Bock said.

Democratic President Lyndon B. Johnson’s 1965 order was designed to “adjust the imbalances of hiring that are a legacy of our racist past,” said employment attorney and public contracting expert Daniel Abrahams.

“Trump is turning it around into an instrument of white grievances,” he added.

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The pros and cons of hiring independent contractors

When filling a role in your company, there are many decisions to make. Not only do you want to find the right candidate to complete the job, but you want to ensure that you hire them under the best category to fit your business needs.

Choosing to hire an independent contractor or an employee is a significant decision since today more, and more companies choose to bring on independent contractors – and for a good reason.

There are pros and cons to this decision.

Let’s explore them below.

What is an independent contractor

Independent contractors are self-employed workers.

When hiring them, you have the right to control and direct the result of their work, but no legal rights to demand what will be done or how it will be done.

You won’t serve the role of their boss – even if you hire them for ongoing work for your company.

Also, compensation paid to independent contractors is subject to self-employment tax. This is unlike hiring an employee in which you are responsible for covering various costs, including income tax withholding and FICA (Social Security tax and Medicare).

Independent contractor vs employee

While an independent contractor and employee can complete the same duties, there are key differences between the two that you want to consider when making your decision.

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Pros of hiring independent contractors

Here are some of the many advantages associated with hiring independent contractors.

You might save money

While you might pay your independent contractors more per hour or per project, you will likely save in the end since you don’t have to pay employer-provided benefits, have office space available, provide equipment, and the like.

The benefits paid to employees can increase your payroll costs by 30% or more.

You face fewer legal problems

Usually, you will reduce your

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Tulsa home remodeling company hiring crew members amid pandemic

TULSA, Okla. — Unemployment in Oklahoma decreases each week, but about 80,000 people are still without a job.

2 Works for You is highlighting a company that started small 42 years ago doing siding and windows. Now, as demand grew due to the coronavirus pandemic, business is booming.

Burnett Home Improvement said they used to make a few hundred thousand dollars a year, but hit company records this summer. Last month, they made nearly $700,000. They said the increase is because people are at home, restless, with no places to vacation.

So they’ve seen people spending extra funds on remodeling their home.

Vice President Shawn Donahue has been with the company for almost two years and wants to encourage people to apply. Their faith-based company prides itself on treatment and fairness.

Burnett Home Improvement employee Vasilik Napelenok said, “Most of the people are Christian here, so I think that’s really what matters to me. I know these people are not going to lie, they are going to be honest… that’s one of the best things about working here.”

Donahue’s main job is to make sure the company’s crew members stay happy because they wouldn’t have the business or reputation they have today without them.

“If anybody is willing to learn, we are always willing to give them a shot. We always want to do our best by people, we want to give everyone the opportunity to succeed, whether that be here, or somewhere else,” Donahue said.

Donahue said anybody looking for work should apply.

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Trump administration targets diversity hiring by contractors

American companies promising to hire more Black employees in leadership roles and teach their workforce about racism are getting a message from President Donald Trump’s administration: Watch your step if you want to keep doing business with the federal government.

Trump’s Labor Department is using a 55-year-old presidential order spurred by the Civil Rights Movement to scrutinize companies like Microsoft and Wells Fargo over their public commitments to diversity. Government letters sent last week warned both companies against using “discriminatory practices” to meet their goals.

Microsoft has brushed off the warnings, publicly disclosing the government inquiry and defending its plan to boost Black leadership.


But advocates for corporate diversity initiatives worry that more cautious executives will halt or scale back efforts to make their workplaces more inclusive out of fear that a wrong step could jeopardize lucrative public contracts. The agency has oversight over the hiring practices of thousands of federal contractors that employ roughly a quarter of all American workers.

“For tech companies that don’t care about these issues, the pronouncements are a dog whistle that they can carry on discriminating the way they already have,” said Laszlo Bock, an executive who ran Google’s human resources division for more than a decade and now leads software startup Humu.

Bock said those who do care, however, will see Trump’s actions as political “sound and fury” that will be hard to enforce.

“It’s not at all illegal to strive to have a workforce that reflects the makeup of your nation,” Bock said.

Democratic President Lyndon B. Johnson’s 1965 order was designed to “adjust the imbalances of hiring that are a legacy of our racist past,” said employment attorney and public contracting expert Daniel Abrahams.

“Trump is turning it around into an instrument of white grievances,” he added.

The president has also

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Austerity measure: Panjab university stops hiring contractors | Chandigarh News

CHANDIGARH: For the first time, Panjab University will not hire contractors for construction and repair works on the campus but engage labour depending upon the job.
This has been decided by the university’s finance department, considering the budget crunch that the institute faces during the financial year 2020-21. It also took a few austerity measures for the teaching department but this is the first cut imposed on the public works department of the campus.
Until last year, the university used to adopt the practice of hiring labour on contract for a year or so, without reviewing the jobs that those workers were required to do. Due to this, the institute ended up paying a hefty amount each time to the contractor concerned. But now, the institute will hire labour after a mandatory review of each project. For every project, the university will also first find out how many days the branch concerned required the engage the labour, and what work those workers will do. This will reduce both the days of engagement and the project cost.
University’s finance department officer Vikram Nayyar said his office had shared the information with all the campus branches. “The basic idea is to cut down the expenditure of various branches,” he said. The construction department has used this formula in some of the projects but now the idea will be applied to all works on the campus, Nayyar has said.
Already the finance department has shared a sevenpoint formula for budget cut with all the university department heads, directors of the regional centres, and principals of the constituent colleges. The finance department imposed a 30% cut on its expenses, which includes a 20% cut in administrative cost and 10% reduction in the repair work. The leave travel concession and home town concession to the
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