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  • How Many Unions Are Still Charging Dues to Unemployed Workers?

    June 3, 2020
    How many unions are still charging dues to their unemployed members during the COVID-19 outbreak? While unions have been aggressively presenting themselves as the workers’ protectors during the COVID-19 crisis, it is unclear how many have been providing workers with the one form of financial relief that is directly in their power to bestow.
  • DOL IG says “at least” $26 billion of CARES Act funds being wasted, most to fraud

    June 1, 2020
    At least $26 billion taxpayer dollars are going to be wasted through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) ACT, with “a large portion of it” being stolen through fraud, Labor Department Inspector General Scott Dahl told House lawmakers Monday. The government’s rules for providing COCID-19 relief funds have basically made it impossible to stop bogus claims.
  • California Lawmakers Mull Tax on Jobs

    May 29, 2020
    California’s lawmakers are nothing if not innovative. They keep coming up with new ways to help the state’s unemployment rate, currently 15.5 percent, nearly a full point above the national rate of 14.7 percent, scale even greater heights. One recent proposal is to literally start taxing jobs.
  • House Democrats Drop Deregulatory Push over Union Opposition

    May 28, 2020
    The House of Representatives passed legislation Thursday to modestly reform $670 billion Paycheck Protection Program, scrapping the much broader reform of the PPP program the Democrat-led body had proposed just a week ago. For a brief moment, the Democrats were the pro-business, deregulatory party. That ended when their union allies told them to cut that out.
  • Proposed Reform to Paycheck Protection Program Faces Republican Opposition

    May 22, 2020
    The Trump administration and the Republican-led Senate are opposing a pro-business effort by the House Democrats to amend the Paycheck Protection Program. The House Democrats have agreed with business groups that requiring 75 percent of PPP loans go toward retaining employees is undermining the usefulness of the loans.
  • AB5 Defender: Law Is "Like Taking Way the Lollipop"

    May 20, 2020
    It is not often that a defender of a state regulation will concede that they are, figuratively speaking, taking candy from a child, but California State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson is an exception. On Thursday, she compared defending AB5, the state’s “worker misclassification” law, to snatching away a “lollipop” from a child.
  • Homeschooling Growth Worries Teachers' Unions

    May 20, 2020
    Teachers unions are eager to see the COVID-19 outbreak end and things return normal because the outbreak has turned the U.S. into a nation of homeschoolers. Presumably, most of those parents would still rather have their kids in traditional schools but it appears that at least some will decide they like homeschooling once they get a taste for it.
  • AB5 Is Making Unemployment in California Go from Bad to Worse

    May 14, 2020
    The most recent numbers for the people on unemployment insurance are out and they are about as grim as anyone could expect, with the California having it by far the worst with 27.7 percent of its eligible workers on the dole. That’s well above the national rate of 15.7 percent and yet more proof that the state’s anti-“worker misclassification” law, AB5, is resulting more people not working at all.
  • Does Uncle Sam Support Single Moms? The Question of Federal Funds for Strip Clubs

    May 13, 2020
    Should U.S. taxpayer dollars be loaned to strip clubs? What would have sounded like a joke just a few months ago is now a reality thanks to the federal government’s Paycheck Protection Program. And while that may sound like an outrageous misuse of federal funds, the unprecedented crisis caused by the COVID-19 outbreak means the situation may not be as clear cut as that.
  • California to Sue Rideshare Firms over Employee Classification

    May 6, 2020
    The state of California announced Tuesday that it planned to sue rideshare companies Uber and Lyft for refusing to classify their drivers as employees rather than contractors under the state’s new law, AB-5. The Golden State’s regulators could not have picked a worse time, as the current crisis has left so many people without jobs.


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