Raising the stakes of worker misclassification yet again
from National Law Review
Most employers are aware by now that state and federal governments are cracking down on worker misclassification. Audits, enforcement actions, and lawsuits focused on the misclassification of workers as independent contractors have become commonplace, and the potential costs of misclassification — back wages, tax liabilities, retroactive exposure for employee benefits, unpaid unemployment insurance contributions, fines, and penalties — can be steep. Those stakes are set to rise again in 2014 as new requirements under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act go into effect.
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