Academic journal article Labor Law Journal

From the Editor

Academic journal article Labor Law Journal

From the Editor

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It has been said that the federal wage laws are easy to stay, but difficult to apply. One of the more problematic areas has been whether a worker is properly classified as an independent contractor or an employee.

A recent GAO report found that the number of independent contractors in the total employed workforce grew from 6.7 percent in 1995 to 7.4 percent in 2005. Additionally, according to the 2007 Staffing Buyers Survey it is expected that this contingent workforce will grow to as much as 10 percent of the entire U.S. workforce within two years.

Recent testimony before a joint meeting of two House Ways and Means Committee subcommittees indicated that the incorrect classification of workers as independent contractors rather than employees cost federal and state governments billions of dollars in tax revenue and deprived workers of legal protections including unemployment insurance, workers' compensation, and fair wages and hours. …

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