From Staffing Industry Analysts, news that the US Department of Labor signed a memorandum of understanding with Oregon, making it the 29th state to sign a similar agreement.
The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries signed a three-year memorandum of understanding with the US Department of Labor to combat workers’ misclassification as independent contractors or other non-employee statuses.
The two agencies will provide outreach to employers, employees, and other stakeholders; share resources; and enhance enforcement by conducting coordinated investigations and sharing information consistent with applicable law.
The US Department of Labor also works with the IRS and made similar agreements with 28 other states to combat employee misclassification.
“The Wage and Hour Division continues to attack this problem head on with a combination of a robust education and outreach campaign and a nationwide, data-driven, strategic enforcement across industries,” said David Weil, US Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division administrator. “Our goal is always to strive toward workplaces with decreased misclassification, increased compliance, and more workers receiving a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work.”