Skip to comments.Connecticut labor advocates and businesses clash over low wage workers bill (Fines for "low pay")
Posted on 02/19/2014 3:11:46 AM PST by raybbr
Labor advocates and business associations disagreed Tuesday over a proposal to fine large employers if they do not pay their employees at a least a standard wage.
Progressive groups and labor advocates are billing the proposal as an effort to hold large corporations accountable for low wages. The legislation would fine employers with more than 500 workers $1 per hour for any workers who are not being paid a standard wage in addition to health care benefits or a 30 percent pay differential. The standard wage is calculated by the federal government by geographic area and occupation.
While announcing the bill, advocates targeted employers who pay their workers low wages. They argue that by not paying their employees better and offering them adequate benefits, large companies are passing costs on to taxpayers who foot the bill when those low wage workers receive state assistance.
(Excerpt) Read more at nhregister.com ...
That part is true. The last company I worked for had applications for "Husky Care", the previous state run insurance system, available for the low wage workers during the insurance sign up period. A one foot tall stack of applications in spanish.
I am in no way advocating for this law just pointing out the truth.
That’s right . . . to hell with the market place . . . the employer is there to pay people lotsa’ money and to give them lotsa’ benefits. That’s why they’re in business.
I’ve worked for companies that broke off big chunks of themselves and sold them to other companies. In one case, those employees still worked in the same plant, but with lower pay and benefits than they had before.
According to game theory every player will simply adjust to the new rules. So, several things will happen. No new large companies will move into this region. Existing large companies will break themselves into smaller entities. Everybody will be worse off.
What about our military?
Food stamp use among troops skyrockets during Obama admin
Im currently living out of my car between Manchester and East Hartford because I cant afford a place of my own. Most of my money goes to paying for gas to get to work or to stay warm on these cold winter nights, she said. Generally, I can only afford to eat McDonalds and some days I go without eating at all.
Pointing out another truth... there are even cheaper ways to do what many low-wage workers do.
Hey CT companies-—LEAVE NOW!
Keep up the good job, Connecticut.
The southern states welcome the businesses and jobs you drive away.
Since when did businesses become welfare! Geeze these moochers are ungrateful.
Just think though... Once this law gets on the ‘books’ all that needs to be done in later sessions of the Legislature is to lower the threshold.
Companies with 500 or more employees now, ten years from now it will be companies with less than fifty and more than five. Incremental-ism is a game these people know how to play very well.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.