Independent Contractor (IC) Classification

In a recent DOL Opinion Letter concerning service providers (electricians, plumbers, carpenters, roofers, etc.) who are referred to potential customers (an “Angie’s List” type of rating and referral agency), the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the US Dept. of Labor (USDOL) concludes that the service providers are not employees of the rating and referral agency; theyContinue reading “Independent Contractor (IC) Classification”

Minimum Wage Hike

The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives has introduced the Raise the Wage Act, which would, by 2020, increase the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour, up from the current $7.25 hourly rate.  State laws would then have to match or exceed that new minimum. Most states (30 total including the District of Columbia) currently exceed theContinue reading “Minimum Wage Hike”

What Happened to the Trades?

It seems that the Millenials and Generation Xers are not particularly interested in exploring careers in the trades.  Machinists, carpenters, plumbers, electricians, construction workers, etc. There is plenty of need for these skilled workers, with employers doing everything they can think of to attract candidates. Even the training institutions seem to be having a hardContinue reading “What Happened to the Trades?”