Bill Aims To Stop Employers From Incorrectly Classifying Employees As Independent Contractors

Bill Aims To Stop Employers From Incorrectly Classifying Employees As Independent Contractors

(Alex Behrens)

In general, an independent contractor or freelancer is a worker who runs their own business but is hired by others for specific purposes and projects. But a growing number of employers have been using the independent contractor label on what had long been considered employees, often with the goal of shedding the cost of contributing to insurance and retirement benefits. A new piece of legislation seeks to make sure that businesses aren’t mislabeling employees as contractors.

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Top 10 Complaints From You, The American Consumer -

Two of the most expensive decisions consumers make – buying a car and buying a house – took the top spots of the most complained-about transactions in an annual consumer survey released today, but thanks to some recent high-tech data heists and stolen tax refunds, identity theft is tipping the scales of the fastest growing issue to worry about. Complaints about purchasing issues and shoddy work on cars and homes helped propel those categories to the top of an annual survey released by the Consumer Federation of America (CFA) and North American Consumer Protection Investigators (NACPI) of state and local consumer protection officials. But swiping identities was named the fastest-growing consumer gripe by state and local consumer protection officials in the survey. Referring to the “epidemic of data breaches” in recent months, Susan Grant, director of consumer protection and privacy at CFA, noted the “particularly fast-growing and troublesome” rash of stolen tax refunds. Providing identity theft insurance after the fact is not enough, Grant said. “What’s needed is to require better security for consumers’ personal information to keep it from being stolen and used in the first place,” she said. The group’s top 10 consumer complaints in 2014 were: 1.

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