Wisconsin Governor Signs Employee Misclassification Bills into Law

The bill also authorizes the DWD to require an employer to provide proof of maintaining proper employee records, including wage and hour information, and sufficient worker's compensation coverage for its employees. Failure to provide the requested information may result in the DWD serving a notice on the employer of the DWD's intent to issue an order requiring the employer to stop work at the locations specified in the notice. The employer will then have three business days to provide the requested information. Failure to do so may result in the issuance of an order requiring the employer to stop work at the location identified in the order. The employer may appeal the order.

The second piece of legislation -- Assembly Bill 929 -- provides that employers engaged in the painting or drywall finishing of buildings or other structures who willfully misclassify or attempt to misclassify employees, with the intent to evade the unemployment insurance laws, worker’s compensation laws, income tax laws or discrimination laws, shall be fined $25,000 for each violation. This bill amends a current law providing the same penalty for willful misclassifications in other trades in the construction industry. The DWD is required to promulgate rules defining what constitutes willful misclassification of an employee.

This entry was written by Jennifer Ciralsky.

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