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The rise and targeting of the independent contractor

John Schulze is director of government and legal affairs at the Associated Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin.

Nearly 20% of jobs in the United States are now some form of non-traditional worker-company relationship, like independent contractor. Independent contractor work is appealing for both the worker and the company. The contractor has the benefit of setting prices, work hours, type of work and completion schedule. It also has the freedom and flexibility to staff to meet their needs and reduce training time and costs.

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OP-ED: Extreme measures needed to improve safety in construction

Mike Salsgiver

The construction industry is booming. There are a lot of projects ready to move forward right now, and contractors are frantically looking high and low for workers to build them. Wages are at the highest point we have seen in years. So why is it so hard to attract workers to the industry? One common answer is that construction work is considered too hazardous.

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