Right now in Vermont tens of thousands of workers are being denied basic on-the-job protections and paycheck benefits.
This is because of an issue unfamiliar to many, called “worker misclassification.” This happens when a business owner classifies their workers as “independent contractors” instead of “employees” (aka filling out a 1099 instead of a w4), in order to avoid paying for unemployment insurance, workers’ compensation, Social Security, overtime pay and other protections won through a century of struggle by the labor movement.
Many workers do not have the bargaining power to refuse independent contractor status if that is what is offered, or are not told until it’s too late that they are not really an “employee.” This poses risks to workers, especially in the building trades, hurts businesses who are doing the right thing and find it harder to compete, and limits the ability of our state to fund critical infrastructure and social programs.
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