A California bill would hold companies legally responsible for wage and safety violations committed by their subcontractors and temp agencies.
Today’s blue-collar temp laborers face abuses similar to those of migrant farmworkers depicted in the iconic 1960 CBS documentary Harvest of Shame.
Dozens of babies die every year because hospitals do not perform a simple test that detects congenital heart defects. Seventeen states have yet to require the exam for newborns.
America is now dotted with “temp towns”—places where it’s difficult to find blue-collar work except through a temp agency and where workers often suffer lost wages, no benefits, and high injury rates.