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OSHA Targeting “Contractor” Designations in Virginia 

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From JDSupra, Courtney Malveaux discusses a recent action by the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry that empowered its inspectors to make classification decision while inspecting a worksite for an Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) purposes.  Courtney writes: Just this summer, the agency empowered its non-attorney inspectors to make a legal determination during inspections:…

Virginia to crack down on employers who misclassify workers

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From Safety and Health Magazine, an article describes how Virginia’s Department of Labor and Industry is focusing on workers who might be misclassified as independent contractors.  The article reports: “Virginia’s occupational safety and health program (VOSH) is cracking down on employers who misclassify some workers as independent contractors. Misclassification of employees as contractors or subcontractors…

Virginia & North Carolina Launch New Initiatives on Misclassification of Employees as Independent Contractors

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From, JDSupra, D. Earl Baggett, Edward Schenk III and Amanda Weaver of Williams Mullen report initiatives in Virginia and North Carolina to address the misclassification of workers as independent contractors instead of employees.  They discuss some of the factors that help determine if a worker is an employee or independent contractor and then write about…

ASK Score: Independent contractor or employee?

From the Richmond Times-Dispatch: Learning Center — “The question of who is an independent contractor seems to be a constant source of confusion among many small businesses. One popular notion is that if an individual signs an independent contract agreement, the general contractor or employer has nothing to fear from the Internal Revenue Service. Such an agreement…

Gov. McAuliffe Signs Executive Order Establishing Inter-Agency Task Force on Worker Misclassification

From NBC29 WVIR Charlottesville, VA News, Sports and Weather — “Office of Governor Terry McAuliffe Press Release … “Every Virginian who works hard and follows the rules should get the pay and benefits that they deserve,” said Governor McAuliffe “This executive order will begin a process to ensure that employers throughout the Commonwealth follow the same rules…

Virginia Significantly Raises Worker Misclassification Fines

From Virginia Workplace Law — “On July 1, 2014, the  Virginia Workers Compensation Act (the “VWCA”) significantly increased the civil penalties that the state can impose on a Virginia business owner who has failed to insure a worker who should have been insured. The civil penalty is now up to $250 per day for each day of noncompliance, subject to…

Virginia Significantly Raises Worker Misclassification Fines

From Sands Anderson PC – JDSupra — “Worker misclassification remains a number one target area for both state and federal review.  On July 1, 2014, the  Virginia Workers Compensation Act (the “VWCA”) significantly increased the civil penalties that the state can impose on a Virginia business owner who has failed to insure a worker who should have been insured. The civil…