Wage and Hour Division (WHD)
Archived News Release — Caution: Information may be out of date.
Date: March 30, 2015
Contact: Jose A Carnevali or Leo Kay
Phone: 415-625-2631 or 415-625-2630
U.S. Department of Labor
Wage and Hour Division
Release Number: 15-531-SAN (SF-23)
Wage and Hour administrator to discuss effort to end misclassification in the residential construction industry in Phoenix on April 1
PHOENIX -- The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division Administrator Dr. David Weil will discuss the department’s effort to end the practice of misclassifying residential construction employees as independent contractors in a keynote speech at a construction industry seminar at the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix on Wednesday, April 1.
In practice, employers who misclassify workers deny them full wages earned and important protections, such as workers’ compensation and unemployment insurance, both of which are afforded to workers classified as employees. Employee payroll taxes are also not paid by employers who misclassify workers, enabling them to avoid federal and state tax liabilities. Since 2013, the division’s Phoenix District Office has recovered more than $3.7 million in back wages and liquidated damages for thousands of Arizona construction workers. The majority of the affected employees are piece-rate, electrical and drywall workers paid as independent contractors or other types of non-employee misclassifications.
WHO: Wage and Hour Division Administrator Dr. David Weil
WHAT: Ending the misclassification of employees as independent contractors in the residential construction industry
WHERE: University of Arizona College of Medicine – Downtown Phoenix
Virginia G. Piper Auditorium
550 E. Van Buren St., Building 2
Phoenix, Arizona 85004
WHEN: Wednesday, April 1, 2015, 8:30 a.m. PDT
Members of the news media interested in attending should contact Leo Kay or Jose A. Carnevali using the contact information provided below.
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