Cole Johnson, president of Paul Johnson Drywall, was tapped to serve on the business advisory council for a new pilot program called the Employee Misclassification Compliance Assistance Program (EMCAP), which is being initiated by the Department of Labor’s Phoenix District Office of the Wage and Hour Division (DOL). Johnson was asked to serve as a representative of the construction industry. Other industries being targeted include hospitality, janitorial, food service and security.
EMCAP was developed by the DOL, in cooperation with the business advisory council, which is comprised of business leaders from various industries. The program is designed to address the growing issue of worker misclassification, which the DOL identified as a trend arising from the business practice of utilizing independent contractors and other contingent workers opposed to hiring employees, thus improperly classifying workers. To address issues arising from this business practice, the DOL launched a five-year Misclassification Initiative in 2011.
In order to provide a mechanism for companies that may have erred in their classification of workers that allows them to address the issue without creating the potential for further exposure with DOL, the group established the EMCAP pilot program in Arizona. EMCAP intends to increase compliance, while providing employers with an opportunity to conduct a self-audit. Employer requests to participate in this program will be accepted from October 1 until November 28, 2014.
In May 2014, Paul Johnson Drywall (PJD) president Cole Johnson began initial collaborations with the DOL by implementing its classification initiative. As a result of this effort, PJD reactivated 1,325 workers as W-2 employees and hiring 627 new employees, taking the firm to nearly 2,000 employees.
Paul Johnson Drywall, Inc. (PJD) has established a new vendor partnership with Younger Scaffold & Supplies, LLC. (Younger). The agreement requires that Younger will provide heavy-duty scaffolding, safety training and inspections of the equipment onprojects where PJD crews are working. As one of Arizona’s largest drywall contractors, PJD is creating a more efficient and safe work environment forcrews by relying on Younger’s equipment and fall protection expertise, which enables drywall crews to focus on completing their work.
Younger’s complete scaffold safety program complements the PJD safety program and brings an added level of confidence with scaffold experts assigned to provide and inspect the equipment. In addition, crews receive safety training at each site. The program includes using Younger’s high-quality product, which is sturdy, stable and tested; installation by a trained and competent scaffold expert and inspection by a qualified inspector on a regular basis.
“As our business continues to grow, our crews are intent on completing jobs for our customers and we saw this partnership with Younger as a valuable program that increases crew safety on the job, while also ensuring that corners are not being cut,” said Cole Johnson, president of Paul Johnson Drywall.
“Our scaffold experts bring peace-of-mind to customers like Paul Johnson Drywall, allowing their workers to focus on their work while we set the stage for a safe working environment,” said Jeff Younger, owner of Younger Scaffold & Supplies. “We are very pleased to be associating with one of the largest and most reputable drywall contractors in Arizona. It’s good to know that so many construction workers will have our product supporting them,” he added.