U.S. DOL, Rhode Island Agency Partner to Prevent Employers From Misclassifying Workers

Rhode Island today joined the growing list of states to enlist the federal government’s help in cracking down on employers misclassifying of employees as independent contractors or giving them other nonemployee status.

The agreement between the U.S. Department of Labor and Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training pledges each agency to share information and coordinate law enforcement to prevent these misclassifications.

The agreement, in the form of a “Memorandum of Understanding” between the agencies, is good for three years.

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 with the DOL.

Here’s the announcement, which contains a link to the memorandum.

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