Vermont Signs Agreement With U.S. Labor Dept. To Fight Misclassifications of Employees

Employees misclassified as independent contractors are a problem throughout the United States. Now add one more state to the growing list of those who are teaming up with the U.S. Department of Labor to fight this ill.

In an announcement yesterday, officials from the Vermont DOL and U.S. DOL said the agencies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to  protect employees’ rights by preventing their misclassification as independent contractors or other non-employee statuses. Under the agreement, both agencies may share information and coordinate law enforcement.

In doing so, Vermont is following in the footsteps of other states that have signed these agreements with U.S. DOL–most recently Idaho.

Other states to get on the enforcement bandwagon are Alabama, Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois,  Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

That’s a pretty broad sweep of Blue and Red States, so this is one issue where government officials are seeing beyond political and ideological differences to make sure that workers who are employees in every respect but name only are given their due.

Here’s the announcement.


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