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Wisconsin Becomes 20th State to Sign DOL’s Employee Misclassification Memorandum

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The U.S. Department of Labor has announced its signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Department, the latest in a string of such deals aimed at preventing the misclassification of employees as independent contractors.  The MOU allows both agencies to better share information and coordinate law enforcement.  

According to Karen Chaikin, regional administrator for the Midwest branch of DOL’s Wage and Hour Division, “Working with the states is an important tool in ending misclassification. These collaborations allow us to better coordinate compliance with both federal and state laws alike.”

Wisconsin joins Alabama, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, Utah, and Washington in signing on to combat misclassification.

In a statement announcing the agreement Dr. David Weil, Administrator of the Hour and Wage Division explained:

“Misclassification deprives workers of rightfully-earned wages and undercuts law-abiding businesses. This memorandum of understanding sends a clear message that we are standing together with the state of Wisconsin to protect workers and responsible employers and ensure everyone has the opportunity to succeed.”


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