Senator Sherrod Brown – Helping Ohio workers receive the benefits they deserve

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To cut costs, some employers cheat the system by misclassifying their employees as independent contractors. Though the vast majority of employers are honest, the ones that aren’t deny their employees vital worker safeguards and avoid paying their fair share of Social Security, unemployment insurance, and income tax.

This practice, which occurs across several industries including construction, trucking, landscaping, and home health care, cheats workers out of the benefits they deserve and places honest employers at a competitive disadvantage. It also robs taxpayers of funds that would otherwise go towards public services. A 2009 study found that Ohio alone loses and estimated $890 million a year from worker misclassification. Ohioans don’t deserve to lose out because of some employers’ dishonest business practices.

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