Sooner State Joins Misclassification Fight; Inks Agreement to Coordinate Effort With U.S. DOL

Make it 35 states now that have joined forces with the U.S. Department of Labor to fight worker misclassification.

Oklahoma is now officially on board with DOL’s nationwide campaign to make sure that employers properly designate workers as employees–with all the job protections that this status entails–rather than independent contractors.

DOL announced today its Wage and Hour Division and the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission signed a three-year Memorandum of Understanding intended to protect employees’ rights and level the playing field for employers by preventing worker misclassification as independent contractors or other non-employee statuses.

The two agencies will provide clear, accurate and easy-to-access outreach to employers, employees and other stakeholders; share resources; and enhance enforcement by conducting coordinated investigations and sharing information consistent with applicable law.

“Proper classification of workers is vital to maintaining integrity in our workforce and ensuring a more robust business environment for individual workers as well as Oklahoma businesses,” said Richard McPherson, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission.

Read more about this development.

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