DOL Misclassification Initiative

In September 2011, the Department of Labor announced an initiative designed to identify and correct the misclassification of individual workers as independent contractors rather than as employees. The initiative is gathering steam. The DOL has already entered into partnership with the IRS and fourteen states and actively seeking alliances with additional state agencies. DOL Misclassification Initiative website.

The stakes are high. In December 2013, the Department of Labor brought suit against a Georgia restaurant to recover $1,997,726 in back wages and liquidated damages for 84 employees who were allegedly misclassified as independent contractors. Hibachi Grill & Supreme Buffet sued by U.S. Labor Department. Read More →