Construction companies across Texas that work on public projects are on notice now that the targeted worker misclassification crackdown passed by the legislature in 2013 has taken effect.
HB 2015 “Worker Classification” was signed into law on June 14, 2013, and became effective on January 1, 2014. This law is considered by many to be a good first step in the fight against the problem that is especially rampant in residential and commercial construction. But, advocates for workers and for a fair marketplace understand that much more needs to be done in the years to come if the playing field is going to be leveled so that ethical companies will be able to compete. While putting these penalties in place on public projects will help in the commercial sector, nothing at all will change in residential construction.