Have employees in Pennsylvania? Reading this alert could save you thousands in fines.
Proper classification of workers as employees or independent contractors is an issue which frequently confronts employers, especially those with operations in Pennsylvania.
Effective February 1, 2011, Pennsylvania increased the price employers in the construction industry might be required to pay for misclassification of workers.
Intentional violation of the Act constitutes a misdemeanor. Negligent violation of the Act constitutes a summary offense. Alleged violation of the Act will be referred to the Secretary of Labor and Industry for investigation, who may issue an order to show cause why a violation should not be found. After a hearing, the Secretary may impose civil penalties of $1,000 to $2,500, seek a stop work order, or refer the matter to the Attorney General or District Attorney for criminal prosecution.
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