Employers On Alert As US, NY Regulators Join Forces

By Pete Brush (November 19, 2013, 7:24 PM EST) -- A federal-state agreement to hunt for New York businesses that unlawfully label workers as independent contractors comes amid a profusion of new state laws targeting the cost-saving practice, prompting lawyers on Tuesday to caution clients to back up or revisit their classifications to avoid a host of civil, tax and even criminal liabilities.

Business lawyers were swinging into advisory mode after the announcement Monday in which the New York State Labor Department and Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman — already seen as tough on classification enforcement compared to many other states — joined 14 other states who have teamed up with the U.S....

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