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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.

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...
Researchers at the University of Texas back up what we've been saying at Construction Citizen for years: far too many construction workers in Texas are the victims of payroll...
The debate over payroll fraud in Texas is now in the national spotlight.Fox News Correspondent Casey Stegall traveled to Austin to cover the story, where he reported on what the...
While the Texas Legislature prepares to wade into the debate over the best way to deal with payroll fraud, some leaders at the local level say they're not waiting for Austin to...