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Teaching's Unappreciated Sacrifice: Paperwork


Evil Erin / Foter

A colleague of mine recently got hired to teach a quick photography course at a state college in Massachusetts. Four lessons total, two hours each, $40 an hour. But before she was allowed to tell students about speedlights and f-stops, the school sprang a little regulatory surprise on her. This is the paperwork that Miranda (not her real name) is obligated to provide:

  • Resumé
  • Three letters of reference
  • OBRA form
  • SSA form
  • W-4
  • Affirmative-action form
  • SORI form
  • CORI form
  • Disclosure form
  • Direct deposit form
  • I-9
  • Copies of passport, driver's license, and social-security card
  • Complete a 30-minute state ethics course

She's been an independent photographer for 24 years. "I don't even have a resumé," Miranda shrugs. To fix that, and to meet the other requirements, she'll spend an estimated eight to ten hours on gathering and filling out paperwork. "It makes no sense to me," she says. "For eight flipping hours of employment!"

To add to the fun, she must also enroll in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' state employee retirement system, which will deduct 7.25% from every dollar she makes—possibly netting Miranda a grand total of twenty-five dollars to help her enjoy her golden years.

No doubt, additional forms will be required at that time.

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  1. I wouldn’t hire her if she refuses to use her real name.

  2. Not worth $320, pre MA taxes.

    1. Definitely not. Take that eight hours spent filling out paperwork and do some under the table work instead. Oh, and don’t you dare suggest that regulations kill jobs!

      1. There just has to be a way that an amateur photographer and some 20 year olds could make some under-the-table cash, but I just can’t think of any off the top of my head.

        1. Yes, Yes! HC really can’t think of any way!

          *NSA computer algos go back to sleep.*

  3. My first “real” job was working for a construction contractor. The only thing I had to show up with was a lunchpail and the clothes I was wearing.

    1. Yes again! The contractor provided ALL the proper papers!

      *Just trying to help.*


  4. she could always say no. Seems a pity for the potential students but the educrats don’t much care about them.

    1. Agree. Perhaps not teach at a state college instead?


    1. She’s remaining suspiciously silent on the matter!

  6. Does the course cover adding alt-text to photos? Or does that require additional paperwork?

    1. That is the next course, Advanced Photography.

  7. I had to join the Teacher Retirement System of Texas when I taught a course for Central Texas College….at the Bagram Education Center…in Bagram, Afghanistan. At least when I finished, a year later I got my tiny withholding back.

    Thank God the state G was looking out for my retirement…

  8. don’t you dare suggest that regulations kill jobs!

    Not for the dedicated and noble bureaucrats and paperpushers of the State, anyway.

  9. Complete a 30-minute state ethics course

    *** facepalm ***

    1. Lesson 1: I will not vote for Republicans.
      Lesson 2: I will vote for Democrats.
      Lesson 3: All Hail Our Government Masters.

  10. Suggested Picture Caption: A Massachusetts temporary worker is surprise to discover that all state-provided digital cameras come with pre-installed photos of Elizabeth Warren lounging seductively on a divan, fanning herself with a bundle of federal student loans.

    1. As disturbing a thought as this is, it’s at least not as disturbing as what we were regaled with yesterday *shudder*.

      1. THANKS FOR REMINDING ME. There goes another night’s sleep…

    2. Nice. Should that not be a sheaf of eviction notices from all those house she flipped and profited from?

      1. She’s a law professor, isn’t she? She should be using a sheaf of PLUS loans, and the divan should be supported on columns composed of law students’ resum?s.

  11. Not necessarily to defend the ‘educrats’ (my wife happens to be one, actually) but almost all of these forms are gubmint forms, either State or Federal.

    And I suspect the resume and letters of recommendation requirements are also based on Affirmative Action requirements, just to prove that it wasn’t a racist/sexist/etc. deal to keep ‘others’ out.

    The Direct Deposit form, of course, allows her to be paid, since universities are probably not even permitted to pay people in cash, and most of them got rid of check-printing machines several years ago.

  12. Once, during a period of unemployment, I was asked by a Government drone why I hadn’t worked harder trying to get a job in a certain week. I told him “I spent that time filling out forms for you bozos”

    I don’t think he liked me.

  13. If she wants to watch their heads explode, she should just provide her passport and refuse to provide her driver’s license and SS card. She can point them to the instructions on the I-9 form that say “Employers cannot specify which document(s) employees may present from the Lists of Acceptable Documents….” and that providing just a passport is sufficient.

    1. At a previous job (working for the state of Virginia) my supervisor accepted my passport as sufficient ID, but then the state HR office insisted they needed a copy of my driver’s license and SS card anyway.

  14. Wow that makes a lot of sense dude.

  15. Not all, but a lot of those things are required anytime you take a job anywhere anymore. I had to do pretty much all of those things except for Mass. specific forms. You wonder why so many large companies are now outsourcing and just hiring contractors? So that they don’t have to deal with the red tape themselves.

  16. Yes, we all have to fill out those forms every time we get a new job. You’re just discovering this?!

  17. Resum?

    Does a resume really qualify as paperwork?

  18. I also suspect that the “Direct deposit form” is more of an employer requirement than a government requirement. A lot of companies don’t want the expense involved with paying people via check and require direct deposit now.

  19. For this we can thank the statists of both parties, who said “there ought to be a law” regarding employment, those who wanted unions to have the power to force employees of a firm to join a union via a majority vote of the employees, those who want employers to enforce immigration laws, those who wanted Social Security, those who wanted government mandated unemployment insurance, those calling for government to make workplaces safer, those who wanted the income tax and automatic payroll tax deductions and other statist “regulations” on business.

    The creeping statism of statists, has made it so we can no longer freely hire/fire someone, or even go to work for someone else, without the government involved from the beginning in picking our pockets.

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