To snitch or not to snitch, that is the question. Last week at the EMNARI dinner there was a discussion on the subject of contractors reporting illegal contractors to the authorities. This subject never fails to raise the volume of any conversation.
Anonymous Hotlines; one of government's tools for enforcement
The use of anonymous hotlines is becoming a standard tactic used by federal and state agencies. The EPA and most states employ this tactic and urge both the public and the industry to report on illegal contracting activity.
Some contractors have no problem dropping a dime on the illegal contractor who is stealing work from their marketplace. Contractors tell us often that they are fed up with underground contractors stealing jobs from their area. These contractors hate the fact that illegal aliens, moonlighting fireman, teachers, municipal workers and fly by night contractors are allowed to work with impunity in many areas.
Others contractors state they would never drop the dime, ever. In the conversation last week one contractor said "why should the enforcement fall to contractors or homeowners making the call. I am not interested in being a snitch for the EPA or DOS. If the EPA or DOS is in charge then they should do their job. It is wrong to pit contractors against each other."
Another chimed in and said "they take our money and expect us to rat out others in our industry? We have enough to do to follow other regulations and deal with a consumer who wants us to work for less. Take the money from fees, catch the illegal contractors and fine them to fund enforcement."
What do you think is the right thing to do? Report illegal contracting activity or ignore it and leave it to chance?
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