Hillary Clinton speaks out against deadbeat clients

first_imgIn a briefing that went out on Thursday, July 7, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton committed to cracking down on big businesses that regularly stiff small businesses. Clinton asserts that late and nonpayment can cause serious cash flow problems that not only impact proprietors, but the larger economy:As 70% of small businesses are owned and operated by sole proprietors or sole traders, Hillary Clinton’s stance on nonpayment comes as big news for freelancers following the Freelance Isn’t Free campaign. Though the language focuses on small businesses, the storefront mom & pop shops of the past have long been giving way to independent workers running our own small businesses online – oftentimes with only one employee, ourselves!Clinton’s support for ending the nonpayment problem as it occurs at the hands of large corporations shows that policy makers realize this problem exists for contractors and is a huge problem for the economy.If elected, Clinton announced that she will:Enhance legal protections for small businesses via expanded means of recourses and federal regulatory enforcement against offendersLeverage more than 400 million in federal government contracting to encourage businesses to pay suppliers fully and on-timeExpand the working capital for small businesses by expanding proven SBA loan guarantee programsYou can read the briefing in full here.It’s a testament to the strength of the freelance workforce and all of the important work advanced on wage by unions and labor organizations that the nonpayment problem has made its way into the electoral conversation. Independent workers remain largely misunderstood by many leading politicians mainly by virtue of being an incredibly diverse community and difficult to pin down as a demographic. Over the past year, however, we’ve seen more and more leaders recognize the growth of the freelance workforce and the common issues we face.In December, we heard President Obama declare “Freelance Isn’t Free” at the White House Summit on Worker Voice; Hillary Clinton has now spoken on portable benefits and client nonpayment; and in New York City, the City Council is poised to pass the Freelance Isn’t Free bill – landmark legislation that will bring greater protections to independent workers against nonpayment.Freelancers Union members across the country have played a vital part in bringing these conversations to the fore. As we move forward together towards this new era of work, we hope you will continue to use your voice to make the future of freelancing better.A new soul and media geek, Laura writes about community, poetry and pop culture. Find her @Pennyscientist or on Freelancers Union.last_img read more

And Tyrann Mathieu has learned three different pos

first_imgAnd Tyrann Mathieu has learned three different positions for three personnel packages! He has played corner, nickel corner and safety in base, nickel and dime personnel packages. He knows it and is making plays.For a former player like myself, understanding how complex the game is at this level, I could not be any more impressed. But I’m not the only one impressed.One scout told me that Tyrann Mathieu was, “pound-for-pound, the best player on the field.” And while conversing with an offensive assistant coach he told me that he believed, “No. 32 was going to change the team.” My jaw is still hanging as I write this. These are things you don’t hear from grizzled, hardcore professionals. And yet all of it won’t matter unless Tyrann understands the burden he carries. It will all be for naught if he doesn’t accept the responsibility of keeping himself on the straight and narrow.Risk/reward is something every GM must take into account when bringing a player into the organization. And Mathieu was a risk; but as it stands right now, Steve Keim should buy a lottery ticket. – / 38 Over the weekend I experienced something that I’m still having a hard time wrapping my mind around. Hardcore NFL scouts and coaches are raving about Tyrann Mathieu, the Cardinals’ third-round pick out of LSU. Mathieu has always been an excellent football player, but his adjustment — mentally — to the National Football League has been nothing short of stunning.The most difficult aspect of making the transition from college to the NFL is found between the ears. The game is so much more complicated, complex and volatile; schemes are multifaceted and evolving. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellingcenter_img Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more