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House of Representatives
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: December 15, 2020 11:26 AM
From: Representative Gerald J. Mullery
To: All House members
Subject: Increasing Penalties for Misclassifying Workers
Imagine getting injured on the job, filing for workers’ compensation benefits, and then finding out that you can’t collect because your employer wrongfully classified you as an independent contractor. Unfortunately, many of our hardworking friends, family members, and coworkers have faced this reality. Far too often, employers misclassify employees as independent contractors to save a few bucks at the expense of their workers.

My bill addresses this issue by increasing the penalties for misclassifying employees to help create a working environment that benefits our workers. Misclassification is a serious problem that robs employees of their rights and gives dishonest employers an advantage over employers that play by the rules. 

Employee misclassification is an injustice against workers and law-abiding employers alike. Several surrounding states have already made it a priority to address misclassification and it is time we do the same in Pennsylvania. Please stand up for workers and ethical business owners by supporting this important legislation. 

Introduced as HB660