Just Economics is proud to inform your reader that we closely reviewed the criteria with which we certify a business at great length, with a special focus on “offsets” earlier this year.
We eliminated any offsets not related to the basic needs of a single individual. We do, however, recognize that if an employer offers healthcare, housing, regular meals or a vehicle for their employees, that it reduces the employee’s cost of basic needs. We developed formulas for determining basic needs adjustments.
Although our recertification process is not complete, to date, we have several employers that offer health insurance, and a few applications pending in which we will consider meals (according to our formula) to offset the wage criteria. No other new or recertified employers use other non-monetary offsets at this time. We have also improved a variety of other aspects to our program.
I invite any community member interested in learning the detailed information about our program and formulas to attend one of our bimonthly membership meetings, contact our office directly at 505-7466 or invite us to an open discussion. Just Economics is proud to be a part of a community that is so concerned with workers and their livelihoods, and we welcome input.
Please visit http://www.justeconomicswnc.org for more information about the work we do.
— Vicki Meath