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Labor Department proposes revision of independent contractor test

September 23, 2020

The classification of workers as independent contractors or employees is a hot button issue in the construction industry. Some unscrupulous employers use the independent contractor status to deprive those that should be classified as employees of overtime pay, workers’ compensation coverage and other benefits. Foreign-born workers are particular targets because they often are afraid of the repercussions — like deportation and threats of violence against them and their families — of reporting their employers to authorities.

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