Public Hearings Examine Use Of Independent Contractors

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From WABE, Shelby Lin Erdman reports that Georgia legislators held hearings on misclassification of workers as independent contractors instead of employees. Shelby reports:

Georgia lawmakers are looking into the use of independent contractors and how those contractors are actually classified by the businesses that employ them.

A study by the National Employment Labor Project estimates nearly one in every three workers in the U.S. is misclassified. That can mean a loss of pay and benefits for  employees.

And, in fact, that’s what a number of truckers in Georgia contend is happening to them

A state Senate study committee held a hearing this week in Savannah and heard complaints from truck drivers, who argued that many drivers are misclassified as contractors so companies can keep operating costs down.

The U.S. Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division sent out what it calls a “letter of guidance” recently in an effort to clarify who is an employee and who is an independent contractor….

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