Wage Theft Is Grim Business | Rory Lancman

From the Huffington Post — “A 2007 study by Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations found that in New York state alone, nearly 40,000 employers misclassified over 700,000 employees as independent contractors, including nearly 15 percent of the state’s construction workforce — that’s 700,000 people left out in the cold when it comes…

Declaring Independent Workers

From HRO Today — Working with independent contractors is a great strategy to fill the need for special skills, benefit from the experience of specialists for distinct projects, and provide flexibility and cost savings. With the increasing population of highly skilled self-employed workers, it is critical that organizations embrace the free agent movement and be prepared…

The independent contractor: to be or not to be

From Lexology — The story is a familiar one: employer engages services of an independent contractor, subsequently terminates those services, and the independent contractor files a claim for unemployment insurance benefits. The employer responds to the unemployment insurance claim by stating that the individual is not entitled to benefits because he or she is an…

N.H. subcontractor cited for worker misclassification in Mass.

From the New Hampshire Business Review — Universal Drywall LLC, a New Hampshire company working as a subcontractor on the Job Corps Center project in Manchester, misclassified workers as independent contractors in Massachusetts to gain an unfair advantage over competitors who obeyed the law, according to a suit filed last week by the Massachusetts attorney…

With No Fanfare, Congress Re-Introduces the Payroll Fraud Prevention Act of 2014 to Crack Down on Independent Contractor Misclassification

From the Independent Contractor Compliance and Worker Misclassification Legal Blog — Most bills in Congress dealing with independent contractor misclassification are introduced with a great deal of fanfare. But not so with the Payroll Fraud Prevention Act of 2014, which was introduced on May 8, 2014 and released to the public earlier today. The bill was sponsored…