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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.

Builders around the state will be paying extra close attention to developments in Austin as the 83rd Texas Legislature gavels into session later this month.  One of the...
In a move that a key lawmaker called “unprecedented” and “unmistakable,” The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) has unanimously voted to press the legislature to crack down on...
This article by Patricia Kilday Hart originally appeared in the Houston Chronicle on 11/30/2012.  Reprinted with permission.“Independent contractor” has a nice ring to it....
An owner of a New Jersey residential roofing and construction company pled guilty this week and may face serious prison time for stealing over $450,000 in unpaid workers’...
Leaders in the construction industry told the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) that the state needs to get tough on companies that cheat the system by misclassifying their...
Leaders from business and workers’ advocates sat down recently in Washington to talk about the road ahead when it comes to creating a sustainable workforce in the construction...
Last week the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) and Governor Pat Quinn announced a renewed effort to protect workers and reward law abiding companies by fighting...
As Pat Kiley recently wrote about in his recent series Construction Craftwork as a Career, construction craftwork has seen a decline in Houston and around the country over the...
The state of the American construction workforce was described as “the Wild West” during a lively panel discussion at the Aspen Institute in Washington, DC this week.During a 90...