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WETHERSFIELD – The state’s Department of Labor wants employers to know it’s serious when it comes to worker classifications. Last month the department announced that 27 Connecticut companies were issued stop-work orders between January 9 and March 14 because of of employees. The businesses, all of which were conducting work at construction project sites, are alleged to have wrongly labeled workers as independent  to avoid payroll reporting, unemployment taxes and workers compensation. All work at the sites was ceased and $300 penalty for each day of noncompliance was levied. Project sites included New Haven, Milford, Norwalk, Stamford, Westport, Putnam and Brooklyn. Companies cited are based in Connecticut, New York, "http://www.moral/buyonline//#visit_us">visit us New Hampshire and Maryland.

Labor Commissioner Sharon M. Palmer noted that failure to comply with classification requirements could ultimately cost Connecticut taxpayers money. “Unfortunately, when an employer fails to pay for the proper coverage for injuries suffered on the job, and a worker gets hurt, the state’s taxpayers ultimately foot the bill,” Palmer said. Over the past year, approximately 199 stop-work orders have been issued (about half to contractors based out of state). For information about misclassification laws, visit the Wage and Workplace Standards section of the DOL website, ct.gov/dol.

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