Posts Tagged ‘north carolina’

Mar
2016
29

But Wait, It Gets Worse: NC’s LGBT Discrimination Bill Also Contains Language to Suppress Wages

But Wait, It Gets Worse: NC's LGBT Discrimination Bill Also Contains Language to Suppress Wages
  Lost in the outrage over North Carolina’s House Bill 2, which sparked nationwide anger by recklessly striking down a Charlotte anti-discrimination ordinance, was language which prohibits local governments from creating wage standards.  During a special session the bill passed the House of Representatives 82-26 and the Senate 32-0. …
Jan
2016
29

Crow’s Test: North Carolina Voter ID Stands Trial, Will Have Sweeping Implications for 2016 Elections

Crow's Test: North Carolina Voter ID Stands Trial, Will Have Sweeping Implications for 2016 Elections
  In North Carolina, a federal case examining the constitutionality of a voter identification law passed by the state legislature began on Monday.  The law requires that a photo ID be shown in order to be eligible to vote, a requirement that is proportionally harder to meet for the elderly and minorities.  The case has [&hellip…;
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Dec
2015
22

NC Gov Issues Surprise Misclassification EO; Onlookers Want Stronger Protections Still

NC Gov Issues Surprise Misclassification EO; Onlookers Want Stronger Protections Still
  North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory has signed an executive order that directs the state Industrial Commission to establish an investigative unit for claims of employee misclassification. It will direct the unit to coordinate with other state agencies in order to enforce existing laws related to the abuse of independent contractor status. …
Oct
2015
20

News & Observer, Political Figures Lash Out at NC Labor Commish Over Wage Theft, Misclassification

News & Observer, Political Figures Lash Out at NC Labor Commish Over Wage Theft, Misclassification
  The Charlotte News & Observer ran a feature recently titled, “The Reluctant Regulator,” which looked into the office of North Carolina Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry.  If the name sounds familiar, it may be because we have covered her and her office’s unwillingness to help the state’s workers in the past.  In November of…
Sep
2015
22

NC Closes in on Misclassification Law; Former Mayor Announces Labor Commish Bid

NC Closes in on Misclassification Law; Former Mayor Announces Labor Commish Bid
  The North Carolina State Senate has passed a version of a House bill that would clamp down on employee misclassification.  The move sets up a showdown that is likely to result in compromise between the two bills.  Among the major sticking points is an exception for newspapers that would allow them to continue to [&hellip…;
Aug
2015
17

NC Another Step Closer to Addressing Awful History of Employee Misclassification

NC Another Step Closer to Addressing Awful History of Employee Misclassification
  Last week, the North Carolina House gave tentative approval to the “Employee Fair Classification Act”, which would curb the widespread employee misclassification that has plagued the state.  Last autumn, a McClatchy investigation found that misclassification in the construction industry alone costs the state $467 million annually. …
Jul
2015
15

NC’s Archaic Voting Rights Rollback Goes on Closely Watched Trial

NC's Archaic Voting Rights Rollback Goes on Closely Watched Trial
  On Monday, trial began in a Winston-Salem, North Carolina federal courtroom to determine the fate of what one expert labeled “the worst voter suppression law since the 1960’s.”  The case, North Carolina NAACP v. McCrory, claims that a series of changes to the state’s election laws known as the North Carolina Voter Information and…
Apr
2015
16

Death in Numbers: North Carolina Is Cooking the Workplace Fatality Books, Investigation Finds

Death in Numbers: North Carolina Is Cooking the Workplace Fatality Books, Investigation Finds
  A long read investigative report from The Charlotte News & Observer took a deeper look into the on-the-job fatality numbers provided by the North Carolina Department of Labor and found that due to the agency’s methods many worker deaths are withheld from the public.  According to the paper, 80 workers who died on the [&hellip…;
Mar
2015
11

With Blessing of GOP Gov, NC Republican Introduces Bill to Fight Misclassification

With Blessing of GOP Gov, NC Republican Introduces Bill to Fight Misclassification
  In North Carolina, Wake County Republican Gary Pendleton is introducing a bill that would force heating and plumbing companies to properly classify their employees.  Pendleton’s bill would define misclassification and submit companies that misclassify to fines of $1,000 per affected worker and possible loss of license.  The move comes…
Jul
2014
9

NC College Students Fighting Voter ID Laws on Grounds of Age Discrimination

NC College Students Fighting Voter ID Laws on Grounds of Age Discrimination
  The subject of Voter ID usually revolves around race. Laws have been struck down in states such as Wisconsin and Pennsylvania due to their disproportional effect on minorities and the elderly, but other segments of the population are up in arms as well. Namely, college students.   In North Carolina, lawyers for seven college [&hellip…;
Jul
2013
19

NC Bans PLA Requirements, Bolsters Reputation as Leader in Anti-Worker Action

NC Bans PLA Requirements, Bolsters Reputation as Leader in Anti-Worker Action
  North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory has signed into law House Bill 110 which will prohibit government entities from requiring Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) on publicly funded construction projects.   The bill was lobbied for vehemently by the anti-union Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC). Typically, wherever an anti-PLA bill…