The Department of Labor (DOL) recently recovered more than $219,000 in back wages and liquidated damages on behalf of 44 workers who were misclassified as independent contractors, providing a real-life example of how serious the government's crackdown on misclassification is.
The employer had moved a large number of existing employees to a staffing agency's payroll. Those workers were paid as independent contractors, receiving pay at a set "straight time" rate for all hours worked, even overtime, and did not have taxes withheld from their paychecks.
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Debbie Fledderjohann is the President of Top Echelon Contracting, Inc.
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