State leaders vow action on misclassification of workers issue

North Carolina leaders recently vowed that changes will be pursued after a labor scheme has put several workers in danger and has cheated them of benefits, including workers’ compensation, by misclassifying them as independent contractors rather than employees, the News & Observer reported on September 11.

By misclassifying workers, it not only denied workers their rights as employees, but also prevented the federal and state governments from collecting almost one-half billion dollars annually from taxes.

Governor Patrick Lloyd “Pat” McCrory said he will pursue legislation that seeks to penalize companies that intentionally treat legitimate workers as independent contractors to gain a competitive advantage against other businesses, while North Carolina Attorney General Ray Cooper stated his lawyers would determine the legal action that may be taken against these companies.

Workers who have been injured in the workplace often need workers’ compensation benefits to provide financial assistance while they are unable to work. The experienced attorneys at Scudder Seguin, PLLC, can help you through this process and any related issues. Call our Raleigh offices at (919) 851-3311 today to learn more.