Another Government Regulation Comes Crawling Out of the Woodwork

Personnel Concepts Points Out Posting Law
Personnel Concepts Points Out Posting Law

Normally I hate businesses that send advertising disguised as some sort of official government communication. However, these guys are right. Both federal and state governments have all sorts of requirements for employers to post assorted random things in their places of business. These guys are right: you have to post this stuff. Their service is to make a nice laminated poster for each state that has all the required posting blather consolidated in one place. Good for them. I ordered one.

I am definitely not a tea-party extremist. Government has a role to play. I pay my taxes without complaint. Frankly speaking, I would rather pay a bit more tax and have things run better and the budgets be in balance. Nevertheless, some aspects of government incompetence leave me sympathizing with the foaming-at-the-mouth radicals and one is the utterly unreasonable burden on businesses caused by the need to spend endless hours tracking down the whims of government bureaucrats. I am not talking about the burden of compliance. I am talking about the burden of having to spend endless amounts of time trying to figure out what all the things are that you need to comply with.

Permits are a key example. Any government entity can require a permit for anything. The federal government might require something. You state might require something, as might your county, your city, your ward, your local school district, your regional hospital or transportation district or your local salamander protection area. There is no requirement that they clearly post what permits are required. In fact, there isn’t even a central list of what government entities you need to worry about.

I think we need a constitutional amendment requiring that all government entities register all permitting and regulatory in a central registry. There would be requirements to format the regulation in a uniform and consistent manner. We could (for example) have one clear and consistent set of business types and forbid any government entity from defining a new one without some sort of national approval process.  All regulations could be required to be organized around a clear set of breakpoints for number of employees in a business with severe limits on the number of regulations that could apply to businesses employing less than 50 employees. We also could have productivity targets putting a cap on the total number of regulations and the total length of the laws concerning them. We could have targets requiring the political entities to meet year on year reduction targets. To enact a new regulation the political entity would have to identify two regulations to eliminate.

In any case, the business owner would have a central database into which he could enter a business type, enter an address, select number of employees at that location and get a clear and legally binding (on the government) list of what applies. Governments would be prohibited from harassing business for ostensible regulations not appearing on the (binding) list with criminal sanctions for government bureaucrats who willfully ignored the list…. and to be fair…similar sanctions on business owners who ignored the list.  Make it simple. Make it clear. Enforce it on both sides.

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