Contract to Cheat: Raleigh contractor left dozens of workers unpaid

From the CharlotteObserver.com — Unscrupulous employers make it hard for legitimate companies and independent contractors to operate.  In this case, the employer “recruited workers by placing advertisements on Hispanic radio stations or on Craigslist. Sometimes, he posted fliers at Hispanic grocers. The workers who answered the ads were assigned to a crew run by a foreman he…

Why is worker misclassification a problem?

  From the Fort Worth Star-Telegram —  “Treating workers as independent contractors isn’t a business decision that company owners have the right to make without considering federal laws. The Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Department of Labor have the final word. Each agency has a list of rules and tests – sanctioned by the…

Employment Law: Attorneys Speak Out

From Nevada Business —  “How do independent contractors fit into the employer/employee relationship? What are some guidelines for employers? Independent contractor status relieves the employer of a lot of responsibility with relation to laws and regulations governing the workplace. To insure that a person is an independent contractor there are strict guidelines on how to…

ASK Score: Independent contractor or employee?

From the Richmond Times-Dispatch: Learning Center — “The question of who is an independent contractor seems to be a constant source of confusion among many small businesses. One popular notion is that if an individual signs an independent contract agreement, the general contractor or employer has nothing to fear from the Internal Revenue Service. Such an agreement…

6 ideas for curbing worker misclassification

From McClatchy DC — “There’s no single magic bullet that can eliminate misclassification of workers. But according to experts who spoke with McClatchy, much could be done to curtail it. Here are six potential fixes: 1. THE FIX: Prohibit state and federal agencies from accepting certified payroll records from contractors who list workers on their…