A Handful of Apparently Misclassified Workers Illustrate Big State Problem

A Handful of Apparently Misclassified Workers Illustrate Big State Problem

skyhouse.jpgPhoto by: Joe Mahoney/Rocky Mountain PBS News 

Article by: Anna Boiko-Weyrauch on 6/13/2016 of Rocky Mountain PBS

 

The SkyHouse is a 26-story luxury condo development at 1776 Broadway in Denver that touts such features as a rooftop resort-style pool,a Yoga/Crossfit studio and a pet spa on its website. The massive construction project is led by joint venture contractors, with numerous subcontractors and their subcontractors. It also appears to be one example of where worker misclassification occurred, according to a Rocky Mountain PBS News review of five workers’ pay stubs – part of a broader analysis that found that Colorado has lost about $23 million dollars a year since 2011 to businesses that failed to pay unemployment premiums. The underlying problem is when businesses misclassify employees as independent contractors and thus not subject to payroll taxes, unemployment insurance premiums, or overtime pay. That problem appears to be growing, the analysis found.

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