Following recent Catholic abuse reports, I pleaded to the public to let the facts emerge before disparaging the whole Church. It's a shame that this same courtesy has not been extended to Sholom Rubashkin.
There are certainly many alternatives for purchasing products with greater ethical standards. But let's face it -- parents are busy, disposable incomes are tight, children need stimulation, time is money, and this is America.
Employers who think they can avoid payroll tax and employee benefits by mischaracterizing independent contractors may be in for a surprise. The IRS, Labor Department, and even local state governments may disagree and the consequences can be severe.