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Worker Misclassification

Payroll fraud (also called worker misclassification and workplace fraud) is the illegal practice of designating an employee as a "1099 worker" or an independent contractor. Unscrupulous employers do this to avoid paying payroll taxes, unemployment tax, or workers’ compensation insurance and are therefore able to submit lower bids for projects, undercutting responsible contractors. Several states have already passed laws to penalize those who cheat workers and taxing agencies in this way, and two bills are currently being considered which would provide federal legislation to end this practice and that of wage theft. They are The Fair Playing Field Act, introduced by Senator Kerry and a number of co-sponsors and The Employee Misclassification Prevention Act.

Following last week's filing of a worker misclassfication bill in the Senate, Representative John Davis, R-Houston today filed his own version in the House. The Texas Construction...
For 140 days every two years, lawmakers, their staffs, armies of lobbyists, activists, journalists, and others descend on the Texas Capitol for the regular session of the...
After talking about it for months, Sen. John Carona filed a bill that he believes will help stop the problem of worker misclassification, also known as payroll fraud.The bill...
The University of Texas study on the construction industry that we've been telling you about is getting attention across the state, from TV reports in Austin and Dallas to a...
Following the release of a University of Texas study on payroll fraud and working conditions in the construction industry, a prominent Republican businessman from Houston urged...
Last week Construction Citizen told you about a University of Texas study called Build A Better Texas which reported on the working conditions for construction workers in this...
Misclassifying Workers as Independent ContractorsWe have written numerous times about how widespread this issue has become in the construction industry, and now we see a new...
Lawmakers who are still gearing up for the real business of the 83rd Texas Legislature got an earful from construction executives from around the state on TCA’s lobby day. The...
An article in the Stamford Advocate reported that state and federal Department of Labor Officials and OSHA representatives assisted by local police cracked down on four major...