Wed 23rd February 2011, 8:59pm
QUOTE(Tarc @ Wed 23rd February 2011, 11:40am)
Is your pathological deception so ingrown that you cannot admit your own socks? Shall I point out the last thread we had about this where I caught you red-handed doing your typical typos and mannerisms?
Uh-oh, it's that "behavioral and lexigraphical markers" thing again. You should know better than to rely on that!
It's hardly implausible that this "Magarian" account doesn't belong to Mr. Victim - after all, Barbara Boxer is a California legislator, not an Illinois legislator, and abortion hasn't been one of Mr. Victim's main issues in the past... has it? It stands to reason that he'd be against abortion, but if he's been up in arms over it before now, I don't recall it off the top of my head. In any event, there are lots and lots and lots of right-wing folks, and many of them sound pretty similar - they all watch the same cable news network, remember?
QUOTE(victim of censorship @ Wed 23rd February 2011, 12:29pm)
For the lefties who need to understand Unions/ and the taxpayer.
This is a classic example, actually. Here we are, talking about abortion and how the Republicans are making a big deal about that while tons of people are still out of work. But Mr. Victim simply takes the current Fox News line and tries to change the subject to "unions," as if unions have anything to do with either of those problems (if anything, the existence of unions helps to keep overall unemployment from getting out of control, since they make it marginally more difficult for larger companies to simply fire people en masse
whenever the mood strikes them).
Here's another case in point. I operate a small business of sorts, and as such I've subscribed to one or two online newsletters in the past, and as a result I get a lot of "management training" spam. Today I got some spam asking that I register for an "Independent Contractor Workshop: How to Comply and Avoid the IRS/DOL Crackdown." This is in response to a recent IRS initiative against companies who hire people as full-time contractors (instead of employees) to avoid paying them any benefits. (Note that these regulations have existed for some time, they just haven't been well-enforced before).
Rather than suggest ways to get into compliance by ending this nefarious practice, this is what the seminar (run by "Business Management Daily") wants to teach me how to do:
- How to create foolproof independent contractor relationships that meet IRS, DOL and state agency requirements.
- The benefits of using independent contractors (same work, lower costs, fewer hassles) and the inherent risks (reclassifications leading to huge tax, wage and benefit payments).
- Why the feds are cracking down now, what they’re looking for and how you can achieve compliance.
- The key factors the DOL and IRS consider (and you should, too) in making classification decisions. The IRS test, the so–called "Darden Factors" and "Economic Realities" standard will be explained.
- Important court cases, including the infamous FedEx case, that help draw a brighter line between contractors and employees.
- The 8 steps you should take to create legally safe dealings with independent contractors.
- When you can have a "joint employer" relationship with a contracting agency—and what to be aware of.
It's pretty clear to me from reading this that the training demand is from people who might want to learn how to keep doing what these bad-actor companies are doing, not for how to make the transition to being good corporate citizens. Perhaps it's understandable that companies might have preferred to hire contractors in the past, what with the lack of health-care reform in the US and the resulting costs. But now that that's changing, what's the problem? Clearly the problem is that in the past, these companies simply have never been expected to support the US economy or the USA in general, and in fact they've gotten used to the idea that the USA exists mostly to support them,
not the other way around.
In fact, I expect many of these companies to respond to this so-called "crackdown" by increasing their outsourcing activity, if not moving themselves completely offshore - rather than actually hire American workers. In that case, I believe they should be subjected to crippling selective tariffs, which hopefully would give smaller companies an edge in replacing them in the marketplace.