Labor Department holding forums on worker misclassification

Employers and employees are invited to U.S. Labor Department online forums about worker misclassification.

Employees who are misclassified as independent contractors are deprived of employer-provided health, retirement, and other benefits as well as Social-Security and Family-and-Medical-Leave-Act benefits. Worker misclassification also harms law-abiding contractors by putting them at a disadvantage when competing with unethical contractors who lower their bids by illegally reducing labor costs.

The Labor Department is working on a new rule to determine employee or independent contractor status under the Fair Labor Standards Act and wants to hear from employers and workers as it develops a proposal. 

Learn more about the forums here and RSVP here: