Bipartisan support for stopping misclassification of workers

As we close in on election day, one thing seems clear: no matter what their political affiliation, voters want an end to corporations’ manipulations to boost profits and the pay of their top officers at the expense of working people.

In a survey conducted by the National Employment Law Project (NELP), 84% of  those surveyed — Democrats and Republicans across age groups — disapproved of corporations misclassifying employees as “independent contractors.” “[P]olling shows that 7 in 10 voters don’t trust employers to treat their employees fairly. A majority of voters believes that working hard isn’t enough anymore, because companies simply aren’t loyal to their employees. The strategy of hiring workers as contractors, even if lawfully done, is still offensive to most of us. By 78 percent to 12 percent, voters feel that workers are better off as direct employees than as independent contractors.”

WJP is working with the La. Workforce Commission to make sure workers and employers understand what it means to be an independent contractor. Most workers are employees and should be treated that way.

 

Janitorial Services Executive Speaks Out Against Worker Misclassification

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In April, Professional Janitorial Services Executive Don Dyer delivered testimony to the Texas House Business and Industry Committee, which is studying what more lawmakers might need to do to combat the problem of Misclassification and how prevalent this problem is in the janitorial industry.

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What is Employee Misclassification?

Certain corporations have chosen to cut corners and pad their profits by misclassifying their workers as “contractors” when they should have been classified as “employees”.  Employee misclassification is explicitly against the law, yet because of weak enforcement mechanisms there are virtually no tangible consequences for violating the law.  This oversight has opened the doors to a whole host of unethical practices including wage theft, tax evasion, and employee exploitation.

According to Dyer, negative impacts also include an unethical cost advantage of 30-40% by janitorial companies who misclassify their workers, the evasion of federal income taxes, Social Security payments, Medicare payments, and unemployment taxes, and the hiring of undocumented workers since they are the easiest to exploit and intimidate.

Read his full testimony here.