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The subject of independent contractors is a hot political topic right now, drawing attention from President Obama and Hillary Clinton. Both political figures have made it a priority to crack down on employers who are misclassifying employees as independent contractors to dodge compliance regulations and cut costs. Earlier this month the Department of Labor (DOL) came out with detailed guidelines to address misclassification, making it very clear when a company is in violation. For employers, the best practice is to classify everyone as an employee unless they can clearly be defined as an independent contractor.
Employers may be classifying individuals as independent contractors, rather than employees, to avoid providing them with a range of benefits. The recent DOL release states that “when employers improperly classify employees as independent contractors, the employees may not receive important workplace protections such as the minimum wage, overtime compensation, unemployment insurance, and workers’ compensation.” This has led to lawsuits and litigation against numerous companies around the treatment of independent contractors. Let’s take a closer look to understand why this issue is receiving so much scrutiny lately.
Are you ready for an audit? If your organization does business with the Federal Government and if you’re required to comply with any of the below regulations or acts, you are one of over 200,000 businesses subject to an audit by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP).
- Executive Order 11246, as amended
- Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended
- Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974, as amended
- OFCCP’s regulations at 41 CFR Part 60
- Applicable case law
Whether the audit is a Desk Audit or an On-site Review, there are four possible investigative procedures that will be included.