The Joint Task Force on Misclassification of Employees, a bipartisan-nominated group of volunteers representing business, labor, and government perspectives, has submitted its annual report to the General Assembly with 15 unanimous recommendations.
In the report, the group recommends extending and enhancing legislative protections for workers as well as penalties for employers who violate the law, allowing for coordination and information-sharing among state agencies, providing the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry with additional authority and resources for investigation and enforcement, and funding a statewide effort of education and outreach, among other recommendations.
You can download the full Report here, or click here to view the Press Release.
The Joint Task Force was created by Act 85 of 2020 to study the worker misclassification issue and its impact on the commonwealth. Misclassification of employees occurs when a business wrongfully classifies a worker as an independent contractor when the nature, type, and oversight of their work determines that they should be considered an employee under the law.