DOL Awards $10.2 Million to 19 States to Help Finance Their Crackdown on Independent Contractor Misclassification

From the Independent Contractor Compliance and Misclassification Legal Blog  –  “The news from Washington, D.C. yesterday is that the U.S. Department of Labor is funding 19 states’ efforts to crack down on businesses that unwittingly or intentionally fail to make unemployment contributions for individuals misclassified as independent contractors. While class actions in court continue to receive the most attention, unemployment proceedings…

Pa. Sen. Wants To Stiffen Independent Contractor Law

From Law360 — “A Pennsylvania state senator on Tuesday announced that he had introduced legislation that would enable local district attorneys to investigate and prosecute employers that improperly categorize construction employees as independent contractors. Sen. Mike Stack, D-Philadelphia, said that regulators from the state’s Department of Labor had fallen short in enforcing a 2011 law…

Immigrants are most susceptible to worker misclassification

From the Sacramento Bee — “A nationwide McClatchy investigation found that in Southern states such as North Carolina and Texas, where there’s a lack of unions and a supply of eager immigrants, like Barreda, as many as a third of construction workers have been wrongly classified as independent contractors instead of employees. The problem persists…

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