Trump Labor Policy
Trump Labor Policy by Noam Scheiber via NYT:
In June, Labor Secretary R. Alexander Acosta announced the withdrawal of two prominent Obama administration guidances — documents that do not change the law but indicate how a department interprets it and can influence employers.
The first had clarified when a worker could be classified as an independent business operator as opposed to an employee, who is covered by protections like the minimum wage and overtime pay. The Obama approach suggested that many so-called gig-economy companies were improperly treating workers as independent contractors when in fact they were largely dependent on the companies for their livelihood.
The second guidance had laid out when a company could be considered a so-called joint employer — meaning that it shared responsibility for a worker alongside a contractor, staffing agency or franchisee — and could therefore be held liable for infractions those other companies committed.
The administration’s entrepreneurial ethos is also reflected in its posture toward another rule: the requirement that employers pay workers a time-and-a-half rate for overtime if their salary falls below a certain threshold.
Another example of the way in which the Republicans, under cover of Trump’s attention getting, are basically destroying the fabric of our commonwealth.
Well … “destroying the fabric of our commonwealth” sounds a tad grandiose. I doubt that Republicans see anything but removing Evial Liberal Regulation (for the idealistic ones) or taking kicks at the Democrats when they’re down and ou (the Trumpish ones).
What’s sort of interest is what exactly liberals do if they ever come back to power again themselves. Are they going to try to set right all the bad things Republicans have done to the country (neglecting Superfund cleanup sites, for example)? Or will they just shrug and tell the taxpayers, “You got what you wanted and we won’t change that. We’re going to concentrate on health care reform and tinkering with the tax code and LGBT issues that concern our supporters”?
Is anyone thinking about this yet?