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New Misclassification Bill Introduced in Congress: The “Independent Contractor Tax Fairness and Simplification Act of 2012” Seeks to Eliminate “Safe Harbor” for Businesses

On December 12. 2012, Rep. Erik Paulsen (R. Minn.) introduced a bill that bears many similarities to a bill introduced earlier this year by 33 Democrats.  The Independent Contractor Tax Fairness and Simplification Act (H.R. 6653) would, like the Fair … Continue reading

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The Fair Playing Field Act of 2012: Congress Is Trying Once Again to End ‘Safe Harbor’ for Businesses that May Have Missclassified Employees as Independent Contractors

On March 1, 2012, 33 co-sponsors in the House introduced the Fair Playing Field Act of 2012 (H.R. 4123), a bill that appears to be identical to the Fair Playing Field Act of 2010 (H.R. 6128), which was never acted upon by Congress.  … Continue reading

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Congress Reintroduces the “Employee Misclassification Prevention Act,” Which Would Create a Federal Offense for Misclassification of Employees as Independent Contractors

Following on the heels of aggressive new measures announced by the U.S. Department of Labor and IRS in the past month and the recent enactment of a new California law to crack down on willful misclassification of employees as independent contractors, Rep. Lynn … Continue reading

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Senate Re-Loads on Independent Contractor Misclassification: New Bill Characterizes Misclassification as “Payroll Fraud”

On Friday, April 8, 2011, Senators Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) introduced the Payroll Fraud Prevention Act (S. 770), a trimmed-down version of the Employee Misclassification Prevention Act bill that was introduced into both houses of … Continue reading

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President Obama’s State of the Union Speech Highlights Federal Focus on Independent Contractor Misclassification Issue and 1099’s

Listening to President Obama address issues of national importance during his 2011 State of the Union address last night, anyone familiar with independent contractor compliance and 1099 issues could not help but notice two meaningful references to these two related matters, … Continue reading

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