Three stories from last week had a common theme: public agencies that tried to keep information bottled up. When reporters know the law is on their side, they do not go away. They persist in their investigations.
Gov. Pat McCrory says he wants to penalize companies that knowingly treat workers as independent contractors when they should be treated as hourly employees. Absent from our coverage has been any comment from Cherie Berry, the state labor commissioner who, like McCrory, is a Republican. Berry has declined to be interviewed by The N&O, saying she would respond only to written questions.
North Carolina's political leaders vowed to tackle a labor scam, following an N&O and Charlotte Observer investigation that shows the state and federal governments are losing $467 million a year in revenue from North Carolina scofflaws. Honest business owners are fed up.
A 12-year-old special “presumption” state lawmakers granted to newspapers to avoid treating carriers as employees has become a roadblock for reform legislation directed largely at the construction industry.