Archive | February 2010

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The Growth of Unemployment

The graphic below illustrating the growth of unemployment in the United States speaks for itself.  It starts with a display of unemployment in January 2007, with unemployment at 4.6%, and shows the increases in graphical progression until October 2009, when the unemployment rate was at 8.8%.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the adjusted unemployment increased to a maximum of 10.1% in October […]

Misclassification as Independent Contractors Becoming Significantly Riskier

Under the Obama Administration, the Department of Treasury and the Department of Labor are developing a plan to team up to address the misclassification of workers as independent contractors.  President Obama has stated that he can increase the federal coffers by $7 billion through aggressive enforcement of employee misclassifications over the next ten years Some commentators advise that […]

Like a Breath of Fresh Air — Major Tax Cuts Proposed for Businesses that Hire!

On Thursday, February 4, 2010, Senators Schumer (D-NY) and Hatch (R-UT) introduced the Hire Now Tax Cut Act of 2010 (S 2983) with significant bi-partisan support.  Pursuant to the legislation, any employer that hires a worker who has been without full-time work for at least sixty (60) days would be exempt from paying the employer’s share […]

The Crystal Ball Gets Cloudy

A year ago, our newly elected President stood on the steps of a big White House in Washington and proclaimed that he would bring “Change We Can Believe In.”  It was clear that there were daunting tasks ahead.  The administration’s agenda took shape and its priorities emerged.  First we had to address the economic meltdown and create an […]

The Record High Discrimination Claims Continue

The EEOC has published data about fiscal year 2009 private sector job bias charges. The chart included shows the 2009 claims, as well as the percentage increase in that respective type of charge since 2006.  The EEOC’s statistics can be found at this link.  Overall, about 93,000 claims were filed during the year, a slight decrease from […]