Extensive Public Research Finds Voters See “Contracting Out”a Serious Problem

A recent national survey over over 1,000 registered voters conducted on behalf of the National Employment Law Project (NELP) found that “voters say the increase in contracting out – where a company hires an outside firm to supply workers or uses another firm to do work instead of hiring employees directly – over the past 10 years is a bad change.”

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Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry Launchs Public Awareness Campaign About Worker Misclassification

Transportation billboards, digital ads and radio spots in markets across Pennsylvania are being used to increase the general public’s awareness understand the implications at stake of misclassifying employees as independent contractors, and to help employers and employees know when a worker can be classified as an independent contractor.

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U.S. Department of Labor and State Enforcement Partnerships Key

The denial of minimum wages, overtime compensation, family and medical leave, and unemployment and workplace safety protections are all potential consequences of the misclassification of workers as independent contractors. Costly lawsuits against employers who may be liable for unpaid overtime and minimum wages, as well as back pay, court costs and attorneys’ fees.

“The Department of Labor is entering into enforcement partnerships with state agencies for “information sharing and coordinated enforcement” in support of its Misclassification Initiative, according to its website.”

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Louisiana Workforce Commission Weeds Out Misclassification by Targeting High-Risk Companies

The Louisiana Workforce Commission has racked up some impressive numbers in tracking down businesses that improperly classify employees by taking advantage of relaxed U.S. Department of Labor guidelines that now allow for risk-based audits

To date, LWC audits have identified nearly 9,400 employees statewide that have been misclassified as contract labor.

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