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An Employer Mandate That Is Specifically Targeted To HARM the Construction Industry The Senate healthcare bill has added a harmful and expensive new employer mandate that is specifically targeted at the construction industry. Under the revised bill, construction companies are required to provide coverage or pay penalties if they have more than five (5) employees and a payroll that exceeds $250,000. A firm size exemption of 50- employees or less applies for all other industries. This destructive new mandate was only made public now – just days before the Senate votes on the healthcare reform bill. The narrowly focused mandate is an unprecedented assault on the construction industry, and especially to the men and women who own and operate small construction firms. Worst of all, this mandate, which will directly strengthen the already powerful labor union lobby is nothing more than a political payoff designed to make it easier for big unions to grow its membership rolls. In an industry where the unemployment rate is exceeding 18%, and struggling to overcome historic job losses, this is NOT the reform our nation’s construction industry needs or can afford.
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