Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry
Oct 19, 2016, 14:51 ET
HARRISBURG, Pa., Oct. 19, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry Secretary Kathy Manderino today kicked off a statewide public awareness campaign about worker misclassification. The campaign was funded by a$473,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Labor.
“Worker misclassification is a nationwide problem that has a negative impact on Pennsylvania’s economy and unemployment compensation fund,” Sec. Manderino said. “It creates an uneven playing field for employers who properly classify their workers.”
Worker misclassification occurs when employers treat certain employees as independent contractors when they should not be classified as such. This may be done to reduce payroll and other costs.