Below are 13 of the most frequently asked questions (FAQ) that we receive from employers. If your question is not answered by this FAQ please do not hesitate to contact us for clarification.
- Is there a fee to use the CLRC?
No fees are charged by the CLRC to you as an employer. We do not charge our members any membership fees, either. 100% of what you pay your worker goes directly to your worker’s pocket!
- If there is no charge for the service, how are you funded?
The CLRC is entirely funded by private grants and donations. Donations may be made by check or by credit card, as detailed on the home page.
- Can I pick up a worker I already know?
Of course! If you request a worker by name, we would be happy to arrange something with him or her! You may make arrangements in advance with a worker you know…and arrange to pick him/her up at the CLRC!
- How much does it cost to hire a worker?
It depends on what kind of work you need done. Workers usually negotiate between $13 and $15 per hour for general labor and yard work. For more sophisticated jobs like plumbing, electricity and construction, they usually ask minimum $15-18+ per hour. However, the ultimate decision is between you and the worker.
Please keep in mind that all costs are labor only.
- Do workers come with their own tools?
Most of our workers do not have their own tools and expect to use the tools provided by the employer.
If you are hiring for a specific job such as tile installation, our specialists generally have tools. We recommend clarifying this information at the time of the job request.
- Am I required to provide lunch to workers?
Providing lunch is optional, but we do suggest providing lunch to help build lasting relationships with workers.
- Do workers have transportation?
The majority of workers do not have means of transportation, we suggest that employers plan on coming to the Center to pick up and drop off workers.
- When am I expected to start paying workers?
The rule of thumb is that the clock starts at the Center. If you are an employer that lives more than 20 minutes from the Center, please let us know in advance and we will let workers know that the drive time is not included in the days wages.
- What about taxes?
All hiring individuals are encouraged to comply with federal law when hiring from the CRLC. Please see the 1099 Tax Form for more information on employer responsibilities.
Generally, employers who hire a worker for less than 600 hours per year are not required to report these paid wages on their tax returns.
- What kinds of skills do the workers that use the CLRC have?
The workers that use the CLRC have very diverse skills. Most are willing and able to do many general labor jobs, such as landscaping and moving. There are also many experienced painters, roofers, cooks, carpenters, bricklayers, and tile and wood flooring specialists that find work through the CLRC. If you need someone with a very specific skill like plumbing or electricity, or a specialist who has their own tools, we have the hands you need to get your work done.
- Do the workers have their own tools?
The CLRC understands that many homeowners don’t own all the tools necessary to complete jobs. Therefore the CLRC initiated a toolshare program. We have a limited number of tools in our inventory that can be taken out for a refundable deposit.
- What if I need someone after your regular business hours?
We do not recommend arranging jobs with workers after hours unless you have previously worked with a member. If you are interested in requesting assistance when the office is closed, please contact us during our office hours (Monday-Saturday 6 am to noon).
- How do you distribute jobs to workers?
The workers have elected to follow a first-come, first-serve process for job distribution. We are based on an honor system whereby we ask workers if they have the skills and experience to complete the job at hand, if the worker feels confident in their abilities they will go out on the job. If the worker does not have the required skill we will continue to ask individuals on the list until we have found a qualified worker.
However, required skill sets or employer preference always supercede the list.
Centreville Labor Resource Center
5956 Centreville Crest Lane * Centreville, VA 20121