Over the past 40 years, as companies moved from small regional / national companies to large multinational corporations with great power over their employees, labor has lost considerable ground. One of the ways companies do that is to hire “contract” employees; employees who earn a rate without benefits. Traditionally this was labor that worked on an activity for a short period of time and was paid a premium to do it. The issue is that many companies, such as Microsoft, hired a large percentage of their workforce as contract-labor. These resources could work for MS for years, never receiving benefits or bonuses, which were substantial at Microsoft.
Companies need to be monitored to ensure employees are properly compensated. This bill is a good start.