Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Article on Wisconsin's Efforts to Tighten Up on Worker Classification

Attorney Troy D. Thompson of Axley Brynelson, LLP, Madison has an article on the State Bar of Wisconsin's website addressing the recently-enacted Wisconsin statute (2009 Senate Bill 672) that "gives the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development substantial teeth to investigate and address worker misclassification issues (i.e., employee vs. independent contractor) involving employers engaged in construction-related services." The new law, which takes effect on January 1, 2011, involves employers engaged in the construction of roads, bridges, highways, sewers, water mains, utilities, public buildings, factories, housing, or similar construction projects.

The article does an excellent job of outlining the major effects of this new law, especially what new authority and power is given to the DWD in enforcing the statute.

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