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U.S. Senator Introduces Legislation to Reduce Number of Worker Misclassification Violations

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) introduced legislation on April 22 that would prevent workers from being misclassified as independent contractors and would provide for the protection and benefits which they have earned. The Employee Misclassification Prevention Act would ensure access...

Independent Contractor Misclassification: How Companies Can Minimize the Risks

Misclassifications of employees as independent contractors are the new watchwords among state and federal legislators and regulators as well as plaintiffs' class action lawyers. State task forces have been formed to crack down on businesses that do not pay unemployment insurance and workers compensation...

Bill Addresses Independent Contractor Misclassification

On April 22, a bill was introduced in Congress to make misclassification of employees as independent contractors a federal labor law violation. The Employee Misclassification Prevention Act (EMPA) would also impose record-keeping and notice obligations upon companies and subject them to hefty penalties...

Congress Seeks to Scrutinize Classification of Independent Contractors

By Heather Kofron and Tim Boykin On April 22, 2010, legislators introduced the Employee Misclassification Prevention Act ("EMPA") as H.R. 5107 and S.3254 in the House and Senate, respectively. The EMPA seeks to provide benefits and protections to employees wrongly classified as independent...

Congress Reintroduces the Employee Misclassification Prevention Act that Would Make Misclassification of Employees as Independent Contractors a Federal Offense

By Richard J. Reibstein, Lisa B. Petkun and Andrew J. Rudolph Following on the heels of aggressive new measures announced by the U.S. Department of Labor and IRS in the past month and the recent enactment of a new California law to crack down on willful misclassification of employees as independent...