US Labor Department signs agreement with Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training to protect misclassified workers
Participants: U.S. Department of Labor, Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training
Description: Officials from the U.S. Department of Labor and the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training signed a memorandum of understanding with the goal of protecting the rights of employees by preventing their misclassification as independent contractors or other nonemployee statuses. Under the agreement both agencies will share information and coordinate law enforcement.
Background: The MOU represents a new effort on the part of the agencies to work together to protect the rights of employees and level the playing field for responsible employers by reducing the practice of misclassification. The Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training is the latest state agency to partner with the U.S. Labor Department. Alabama, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming agencies have signed similar agreements. More information is available on the Department of Labor's misclassification website at http://www.dol.gov/misclassification/.
Duration: Three years
Quotes: "Misclassification deprives workers of earned wages and undercuts law-abiding businesses. Combating misclassification is one of several important steps the U.S. Labor Department is taking to promote shared prosperity and ensure that our economy works for everyone."
"Working with the states is an important tool for ending misclassification and other workplace abuses. These collaborations allow us to better coordinate and ensure compliance with both federal and state laws alike."
"The misclassification of employees as independent contractors is workplace fraud. Rhode Island will not allow bad actors to take advantage of their employees by failing to provide them with necessary workplace protections like Workers' Compensation insurance, unemployment benefits and overtime pay. Allowing this activity to persist is unfair to Rhode Island businesses that play by the rules."
WHD News Brief: [05/07/2015]
Contact Name: Tania Mejia or Andre J. Bowser
Phone Number: (202) 693-4686 or (617) 565-2074
Email: Mejia.Tania@dol.gov or Bowser.Andre.J@dol.gov
Release Number: 15-0910-NAT