What happened to the middle-class jobs?
The government has taken them away with taxation and regulation.
The following are the hoops that I, as an employer, must jump through to hire someone.
1) I have to document that an applicant has the right to be in and work in America.
2) I have to notify the government that I have hired an employee.
3) Taxes and fees:
• I have to match federal payroll taxes (Social Security and Medicare).
• I have to pay 10.86 percent of wages for unemployment insurance.
• I have to pay 3 percent to 12 percent of wages for workers’ compensation insurance. (If an employee washes a truck, then mows a lawn, then shovels rock, I have to track and report and pay the premiums for each kind of work, as each is charged at different rates.)
• I have to make sure all taxes are collected at the current rates from the employee, then fill out forms and send the money to the respective governmental agencies. (Our last payroll cost my company $45,000. Of that, employees received $28,000.)
4) I have to inform employees how to obtain health insurance.
5) I have to take court-ordered child support out of paychecks and send it to the correct agency.
6) I have to send drivers to the doctor for a Department of Transportation physical.
7) I have to maintain a legal employee handbook stating obvious rules of employment.
8) I must track hours because I cannot afford to pay overtime. Employees cannot work more than 40 hours even if they want to. Employees, it seems, are too dumb to know what’s good for them or to make decisions about how much they want to work. The government must protect them.
9) I have to file quarterly employment reports with both the state and federal governments.
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