In the Nov. 23 news article “Hard work, no pay – and no help from state,” I did not mean to imply that the State Department of Labor did not use its resources properly or that it squanders those resources. Resources in all of state government are limited, and the leaders have difficult decisions to make as to where those resources are used.
I did imply that there does not seem to be enough resources for the litigation of back wage cases. In the direct quote by me, I was talking about the misclassification of employees as independent contractors. The problem with some employers, but especially those in the construction industry, to treat a person who is really just an employee as an independent contractor or sub-contractor has been going for years. It is still going on and will continue to go on until the leaders in state government come together and do something about the misclassification of workers.
But it is going to take a village. State government is so fragmented that one agency does not know what another agency is doing with the same issue. In order to put an end to this problem, it is going to take the heads of the labor department, Department of Revenue, Industrial Commission, Employment Security Commission, Attorney General’s Office and the Governor’s Office to have their people work together on a united front for the joint litigation of these misclassification cases.
The writer is retired from his job as deputy administrator of the N.C. Department of Labor.