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Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis to host Sept. 19 press call on efforts to reduce misclassification of employees as independent contractors, non-employees
Call to follow signing of memorandums of understanding by
labor secretary, IRS commissioner, state labor commissioners

WASHINGTON – Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis, Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Douglas H. Shulman and several state labor commissioners on Sept. 19 will sign memorandums of understanding on the improper classification of employees as independent contractors or other non-employees. Following the signing, Solis, Shulman and state officials will take part in a press teleconference to discuss how the U.S. Department of Labor, the IRS and state agencies will embark on new efforts, guided by these memorandums, to protect the rights of employees and level the playing field for responsible employers by reducing the practice conducted by some businesses of misclassifying employees.

WHO: Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis

IRS Commissioner Douglas H. Shulman

State officials from Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts (Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development, Joanne F. Goldstein),
Minnesota, Missouri, Utah and Washington

WHAT: Media teleconference on efforts by federal and state agencies to reduce the business practice
of improperly classifying employees as contractors or other non-employees

WHEN: Monday, Sept. 19
11:30 a.m. EDT

WHERE: Call-in number: 800-593-7185

Worcester’s Dept. of Public Works and their toxic nepotism problem

By Rosalie Tirella

How pathetic. How pathetic to see how unethical your city is when you pick up a Boston rag. A Boston newspaper – The Boston Banner – recently opened my eyes to what is supposed to happen in the City of Worcester but never happens in the City of Worcester – especially in the Department of Public Works and Parks, headed by Robert Moylan.

In the Boston Banner you will see a 1/4 page ad. It reads: “ATTENTION CONTRACTORS: The City of Boston is seeking applicants to prequalify for City contracts to provide the following services:” And the list begins; it’s lengthy and very specific. In short, the ad is telling Bostonians that the City of Boston is opening up its hiring process and making its jobs available to all qualified applicants – not just their pals or relatives (a la Worcester).

I will list just a few of the many jobs (blue collar) that were listed in the City of Boston’s (very large) ad. Remember, these are not full-time jobs but “projects” or seasonal work for Boston. But we are not talking tiddly winks here, either – we are talking thousands, sometimes hundreds of thousands of dollars to be made. Continue reading Worcester’s Dept. of Public Works and their toxic nepotism problem