The state of Utah is fighting worker misclassification in the construction industry by scrutinizing employment records of companies who hire limited liability corporations, or LLCs. Some dishonest contractors avoid paying their workers as employees by having each of them register as separate LLCs, claiming on paper at least that each worker is a company owner or independent contractor.
Two years ago the state legislature created an enforcement council consisting of representatives from the state’s Labor Commission, Department of Commerce, Tax Commission, Department of Workforce Services and the Utah attorney general. The council meets monthly to share information about construction companies in order to identify and stop worker misclassification, or payroll fraud. The 2013 legislature has now authorized the continuation of the Worker Classification Coordinated Enforcement Council for the next three years.
The Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing (DOPL) is in charge of enforcing state licensing rules for construction companies. This week, an article in the Salt Lake Tribune explained how these rules provide one way for contractors who commit payroll fraud to be caught. The article states:
“Changes in 2011 tightened definitions of employees and owners for licensed construction companies, set new reporting rules and provided for state auditing to verify financial responsibility. Licensing disclosure rules give officials a crucial glimpse into how companies operate, as well as a squeeze point when their practices are out of bounds.” Read more » about Not An Employee, LLC