Georgia bill would help protect workers from misclassification, loss of benefits

The Georgia House of Representatives has approved a bill that would help prevent employers from misclassifying workers as independent contractors rather than employees. By classifying a worker as an independent contractor, an employer can avoid paying employee benefits and the employer portion of employee taxes.

House Bill 389 would change the definition of “employment” to include “services performed by an individual for wages unless the Department of Labor makes a contrary determination based upon evidence that such individual has been, and will continue to be, free from control or direction over the performance of such services.”

Read the bill here. For the bill to become law, the Georgia Senate would have to approve it as well and the governor would have to sign it.