|Posted:||June 3, 2019 10:45 AM|
|From:||Representative Patrick J. Harkins and Rep. Gene DiGirolamo|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Improving the Construction Workplace Misclassification Act|
The Construction Workplace Misclassification Act (Act 72 of 2010) provides an important deterrent to misclassification in the construction industry. Since 2015, the Department of Labor and Industry has increased its enforcement efforts and recovered over $1.6 million in penalties from 700 contractors. Last year alone, it completed over 400 on-site investigations. Concerns remain, however. Contractors continue to misclassify employees as independent contractors, undercutting competitors that play by the rules; avoiding taxes; and robbing workers and their families of fair wages, benefits, and access to public safety net programs.
In response to these concerns, we have been working with the Department of Labor and Industry to identify methods that will improve enforcement of Act 72. Our legislation would do the following:
Pennsylvania’s construction workers deserve better. We hope you will join us in sponsoring this important legislation.
Introduced as HB2243