Bill Would Fine Employers For Misclassifications

Law360, New York (May 22, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A group of Democratic lawmakers has initiated a bill that would introduce a penalty for employers that misclassify workers as independent contractors in order to avoid providing minimum wage, overtime pay, family and medical leave and other benefits.

“The egregious practice of misclassifying workers as independent contractors needs to end,” said Rep. Rob Andrews (D-N.J.), the bill's sponsor. “The bill will protect employee benefits, remove incentives for employers to misclassify their workers and ensure that bad employers don't line their own pockets with unpaid payroll taxes.”...
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