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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.

Labor departments from NJ, DE, and PA signed a reciprocal agreement designed to better protect workers and employers through a newly established pipeline of information sharing...
After it passed the California Assembly earlier this year, that state's Senate is set to begin hearings this week on a sweeping reform to the way employers classify their workers...
A new report out of Harvard was published this week in the midst of a decades-long trend of employers increasingly misclassifying workers as independent contractors.  More...
Kollaer explains in detail why saving a buck or two at the expense of your employees might not be the best business decision.
Prior to what turned out to be a disappointing IPO for investors, ridesharing giant Uber Technologies told the federal government that it was moving to settle thousands...
The Texas Workforce Commission has approved a rule that allows online apps to classify their workers as contractors whether or not they meet the legal definition of an employee...
We have written about the various ways that wage theft in the construction industry occurs through the misclassification of workers as independent contractors, whereby workers are...
Texas Republicans are once again taking aim at government-mandated collective bargaining agreements on taxpayer-funded construction projects around the state. A legislative...
Companies were allegedly set up under names and with owners who had no experience in running a company but who were coached and given contracts and employment documents allegedly...
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