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Feb 7·edited Feb 7Liked by Judd Legum

There IS an arc bending towards justice. But sometimes it's hard to see. This is one of those times when that arc can be briefly seen thanks to our friends here at PI.

My guess is the MSM will be a day late and a dollar short, once again riding on Judd, Tesnim and Rebecca's coat-tails.

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Thank you Tesnim and Rebecca for persevering the examination of how corporations fleece their poorest employees. I wonder how many of these employees speak only Spanish, our immigrants seeking the American Dream, hoping to avoid persecution in their native countries. Why is it that only the Blue states with Democrat Governors seem to be the only ones to enact laws that hold the thieving businesses to account? Let's acknowledge Kathy Hochul NY, Phil Murphy NJ, Gavin Newsome CA, Jared Polis CO, and hopefully others who have taken on this grievous injustice to a large portion of our population. These people include those who say, "Well, Joe Biden has done nothing for me" and count for those who don't support him. He hired a woman who is taking this problem as one of her missions--the victimized people don't know this.

And what is the purpose of the Chamber of Commerce? to promote fraud and fleecing by those who own the businesses?

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Thank you Judd! Just more proof of what lower taxes and deregulation is doing to the working class....less freedom and higher costs.

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Thank you for this piece!

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In a statement, the Colorado Chamber of Commerce claims the bill "incentivizes wage theft by rewarding bad behavior" by “bypassing the subcontractor completely."

Leave it to CoC to offend by trying to look like they're being woke. Making the contractor pay forces them to vet their subs more carefully. But CoC would never admit to such clean logic, would they?

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A law giving the boss the right to take tips and give them to all workers in reality was a payroll subsidy, leaving bade pay for servers statutory low, while the boss pledged to cycle the credit card generated tips for the greatest good for the greatest number", so it is no surprise to find the "greatest numbet" to be #1.

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I believe that I found another form of wage theft from my summer job contractor. They automatically sign us up for a temporary form of health coverage at about $17 a week, unless we defer coverage. We are warned about it in advance, but the system to defer is not in place until a later, unspecified time. With the start of a new job, most people don't remember this charge until they see it coming out of the first paycheck and then cancel. Not a huge sum, but it adds up over several states.

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I am frequently critical of the Democratic Party as a whole, but it's no surprise that it's Democrats who are leading the charge on such worker-focused legislative efforts, not Republicans.

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I realize this is about wage theft in NY but people should realize it is rampant everywhere. Somewhat more difficult to pull off in a good economy if workers don’t mind changing employers.

Two of the most common types beyond restaurants are working “off the clock” and “misclassification.” In the first workers work with goals that cannot be met during their assigned work schedule and stay late (nurses too) take work home, pay for their own business travel …. In the second, workers are hired at a low classification and fulfill duties of classifications with a higher pay scale. Or should be hourly workers and are misclassified as contractors. Or are misclassified as management to avoid overtime pay.

All this is without considering legal loopholes in wage and hour (Fair Labor Standards Act) hours.

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Lol at that final quote. Chambers of Commerce are such a joke. What the bill would truly incentivize is contractors vetting subcontractors and finding legitimate outfits that don't exploit workers and won't fold immediately at the first sign of legal trouble. If they'd prefer to exploit workers through subcontractors, they can be on the hook for the cost.

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There’s a little known software feature in credit card software that enables restaurants to automatically deduct tips from credit card swipes. Ostensibly to “pool tips” so they can be shared but the truth is the restaurant owner can set the tip level and deduct the “tip” whether or not the waitstaff actually receive any tip at all. With more and more transactions being credit cards its a problem. Plus since only the owner knows how much “tip money” is being collected they have an irresistable urge to help themselves to the pot of money.

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Good article. Now address wage theft in education. Teachers don’t get paid for the hours they are expected to put in above and beyond their contracted pay.

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What a long fight and a slow burn toward justice - thanks for what you do, Judd and team!

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Good article. This makes me wonder what has happened in the child labor abuses? The uproar we say a while ago has died down but somehow I doubt that the abuses have stopped.

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Thanks Tesnim and Rebecca. I like how you ended this post with a great example of Doublespeak from the Kleptocracies de facto Department of Defense.

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Excellent journalism. This follow-up adds in more information. Interestingly some time last year one of those teaser stories came up on social media that Boston Market might go out of business. (First saw the predicted demise of Bed, Bath and Beyond in one of those stories.)

So I went to Google just now. https://zacjohnson.com/is-boston-market-going-out-of-business/

Johnson is a business and industry analyst and blogger. A good companion information to this report.

Thanks Judd and crew for another story that the MSM missed.

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