Senator Brown Outlines Efforts to Address Worker Missclassification

Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced plans yesterday to introduce new legislation that would close a loophole in the tax code that allows employers to openly treat full-time workers as independent contractors in order to avoid providing them with earned safeguards and benefits – like payroll tax withholding, overtime, unemployment insurance, and workers’ compensation.

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The North Carolina Employee Fair Classification Act left unfinished at close of legislative session

Given the legislators’ focus on the issue and the progress made during the 2015 session, the bill will likely be revisited during the 2016 session.   The bill includes the creation of an Employee Classification Division within the Department of Revenue, a 10 point test to determine if a worker has been misclassified, and civil penalties for offenders.

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