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House of Representatives
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: March 3, 2022 03:26 PM
From: Representative John T. Galloway and Rep. Joanna E. McClinton
To: All House members
Subject: Joint Task Force on Misclassification Recommendations
Hardworking Pennsylvanians who have been wrongly classified as independent contractors are all too familiar with the harmful effects of misclassification.  This deceptive business practice has cost victims millions of dollars whether it be in lost wages, medical bills, or lack of unemployment compensation.

Law-abiding businesses also are fully aware of the unfair disadvantage they assume because of rampant misclassification across our state.  Despite following the rules and adhering to labor laws, they find themselves behind in profits and losing in the competitive bidding process.

The impacts on workers and law-abiding businesses are not only unfair and unethical, but they are also costly to taxpayers and state government.  Simply put, these bad actors who utilize misclassification are standing in the way of millions of dollars in revenue which would help build better jobs, better roads, better bridges, better infrastructure:  A BETTER PENNSYLVANIA.

In 2020, we took an important step in addressing misclassification through the enactment of Act 85 which established the Joint Task Force on Misclassification of Employees.  The Task Force has provided the General Assembly with their preliminary report which includes recommendations for addressing misclassification.  With the assistance and guidance of the Task Force, we plan to introduce those recommendations and ask that you consider offering your support.

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Introduced as HB2810