DOL awards $10.2 million grants to fight worker misclassification


Oregon will get $500,000 to crack down on employers who skirt the requirement to pay into the unemployment insurance system, thanks to a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). All told, the DOL is distributing $10.2 million to 19 states. The grants will increase the ability of state unemployment insurance programs to identify employers who either improperly classify employees as independent contractors or fail to report wages altogether. States will use the funds to bulk up employer audit programs and to conduct employer education.


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