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The cleaning industry is driven by labor. ISSA supports good business practices such as inclusive hiring and policies that protect workers of our members. Labor costs make up 85 to 95 percent of the cost of cleaning, so it is important that our members pay close attention to the effects of policies that affect these costs, such as minimum wage and overtime regulations. Other issues relevant to the industry include criminal justice reforms, and worker’s compensation.
There is a national push to increase the minimum wage at the federal, state, and local levels. Since labor makes up roughly 90% of the costs for cleaning service providers, these wage mandates can significantly impact our members. ISSA will do its part to report on this issue and keep our members up-to-speed and prepared to come into compliance with the law changes.
ISSA supports overtime rules that are both fair to employees and maintain reasonable thresholds that do not result in unmanageable compliance and costs. ISSA has and will continue to monitor and engage on this issue.
Worker’s compensation programs protect workers who are injured at work or acquire an occupational disease. ISSA supports worker’s compensation reforms that protect workers but also keep costs low for employers by eliminating waste, fraud, and abuse.
Criminal justice reforms are sweeping both the federal and state levels, making the hiring of ex-offenders increasingly common among employers. There are many programs at the state level that guide employers toward job searchers with criminal histories ISSA will continue to track and support criminal justice reforms that help reintegrate ex-offenders into the workplace after they serve their time.