Existing Laws Can Likely Solve Contractor Misclassification

By Richard Reibstein (December 16, 2019, 11:44 AM EST) -- Independent contractor misclassification is a phrase that is misunderstood, misapplied and misused — constantly. Why? It is a phrase used to cover an array of disparate situations.

It covers companies that engage in indefensible and inexcusable conduct, such as when a construction worker, custodian or restaurant worker is paid in cash under the table or when an administrative assistant is wrongfully paid on a 1099 basis. But the same term is also applied in a few states to delegitimize independent contractor relationships that are legitimate and lawful in almost all other states and by the federal government.

When used in that...

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