Posts tagged Administrative Procedures Act

    Conservative group launches effort to fight Biden administration workplace rules

    October 28, 2022 // If implemented, the new rules could restrict independent contracting, which would force some freelancers to reclassify as employees, and broaden the definition of joint employment, making it harder to own and operate franchise businesses. Because these rules are being proposed by executive branch agencies, they do not go through rounds of debate and votes in Congress. However, under the 1946 Administrative Procedures Act, they must go through a public comment period to receive feedback before being implemented. This is where the group, Heritage Action for America, is trying to make an impact, soliciting comments from the public via a new website.

    Michigan bill would force prevailing wage on private businesses

    October 25, 2022 // News Story Michigan bill would force prevailing wage on private businesses Not even Michigan’s old prevailing wage law, which was repealed in 2018, applied to private business By Jamie A. Hope | October 24, 2022Share on FacebookShare on Twitter State Rep. Rachel Hood, D-Grand Rapids, has pushed for private businesses on to pay the prevailing wage on renewable energy projects. Should State Rep. Rachel Hood, D-Grand Rapids, find herself in a position of power in January, she will likely require private businesses to abide by a prevailing wage policy when awarding a contractor bid for renewable energy projects. House Bill 6099, introduced by Hood on May 11, would require union wages for private renewable energy projects. Not even the prevailing wage law, which was repealed in 2018, required that. Prevailing wage typically refers to the pay and benefits contractors and vendors are required to offer their employees when doing business with a government agency. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer reinstated prevailing wage for those doing business with the state by way of an Oct. 2021 press release. Steve Delie, director of labor policy at Mackinac Center, says Hood’s bill could raise energy costs. “The problem with this bill is the same problem that prevailing wage policies have generally—this will lead to increased costs and decreased competition,” Delie told CapCon. “As we unwisely transition away from reliable energy, this bill would further increase the costs of wind and solar projects, without any accompanying benefit.” Rep. Rachel Hood,

    Biden Department of Labor Must Protect Independent Contractors in New Rulemaking

    June 7, 2022 // Independent contractors should be concerned with the Biden Administration’s hostile posture towards freelance work. The administration has worked on withdrawing the Trump Independent Contractor Rule since the day of President Biden’s inauguration. The Trump Independent Contractor Rule created an “economic reality” test to determine whether the individual in question works for themselves or their employer. The test looks at two “core factors” to determine the individual’s status: 1) “the nature and degree of control that the individual has over the work itself” and 2) “the opportunity for profit or loss based on the individual’s investment or initiative.” This test clarified the definition of an independent contractor Coalition for Workforce Innovation v. Walsh