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    Donkey Hotey, VPofKarma

    State governments need to require anti-wage theft training for hourly employees. If employers were required to show a state-produced video to all hourly workers and supervisors upon hiring (and maybe a yearly refresher), wage theft would become much less of a problem.

    The video should contain examples of permissible and legally impermissible employer behavior.

    Employers would be much less likely to institute casual wage theft in the face of employee training that specifically identifies such activity.

    (-5.50,-6.67): Left Libertarian
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    by Sparhawk on Sat Jul 06, 2013 at 08:32:24 PM PDT

    •  Good luck with that. (3+ / 0-)
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      Do you really think the Chamber of Commerce is going to allow that? Besides. In right to work states you basically have no rights anyway. Why give the drooling fools hope?

      ~War is Peace~Freedom is Slavery~Ignorance is Strength~ George Orwell "1984"

      by Kristina40 on Sat Jul 06, 2013 at 08:45:28 PM PDT

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        Yeah, the Chamber wouldn't like it, but they don't like minimum wage hikes either, and those happen with some regularity.

        And in right to work states employers are just as bound to the law as in other states. Wage theft is a crime of plausible deniability. Mandated training removes the plausibility.

        (-5.50,-6.67): Left Libertarian
        Leadership doesn't mean taking a straw poll and then just throwing up your hands. -Jyrinx

        by Sparhawk on Sat Jul 06, 2013 at 08:52:50 PM PDT

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      •  In Norway, the unions send "summer patrols" (0+ / 0-)

        to talk to young people with summer jobs (cafe, gas station, ferry etc.).  They talk about their rights.  This is routine and nearly all employers allow these conversations to happen at work on "company time".  The union people can, of course, be asked to come back at a less busy time; that's routine, too.  

        It made the papers about a month ago when a large restaurant in the center of Bergen refused to let this happen.  The manager when interviewed said that his temporaries could talk with anyone they wish, but on their own time.

        A great many people have said that they will never frequent that restaurant again.  It will do fine now in the tourist season.  It may discover that it's lost business when the cold rains come.

        The Republicans are defunding, not defending, America.

        by DSPS owl on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 03:50:24 PM PDT

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    •  The unemployed pool is so deep the employer (4+ / 0-)

      would simply replace the complainer with someone willing to work in his/her place and not gripe.

      And, where's the enforcement of the existing laws coming from? The republicans have blocked appointments of any oversight positions the administration has put forth.

      They clearly don't want this regulated, unlike your bedroom or vejayjay.

      What, sir, would the people of the earth be without woman? They would be scarce, sir, almighty scarce. Mark Twain

      by Gordon20024 on Sat Jul 06, 2013 at 09:10:36 PM PDT

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      •  Doesn't matter (1+ / 0-)
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        Wage theft is a plausible deniability crime.

        Employers will be much less likely to do it if their employees are properly trained for how to look for it.

        The point here isn't to eliminate wage theft: it's to reduce the phenomena to a small one instead of a big one.

        (-5.50,-6.67): Left Libertarian
        Leadership doesn't mean taking a straw poll and then just throwing up your hands. -Jyrinx

        by Sparhawk on Sat Jul 06, 2013 at 09:26:04 PM PDT

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