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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

MISCLASSIFICATION OF WORKERS, COMPLIANCE ARE PRIORITIES FOR LABOR'S WAGE AND HOUR DIVISION

FROM:  U.S. LABOR DEPARTMENT
Focusing on Compliance

Misclassification of construction workers as independent contractors and improving labor law compliance in government-funded construction are priorities for the Wage and Hour Division, Administrator Dr. David Weil told a Quality Construction Alliance national issues conference in Washington, D.C., on April 28. "I challenge you to be creative and to work with us to build innovative solutions to these issues," said Weil. "We are committed to combating violations, to protect workers and contractors alike. Doing the right thing must not cost law-abiding contractors opportunities when bidding against those skirting the law. That is the principal behind the president's executive order on fair pay and safe workplaces." The QCA is a coalition of specialty construction contracting groups formed to ensure that taxpayer money is respected and spent wisely.