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Texas House Democrat's Bill Could Impact Hiring of Illegal Immigrants

Texas State Representative Senfronia Thompson (D-Houston) filed a bill in the Texas House of Representatives to increase fines for employers who misclassify workers as independent contractors when they should rightfully be classified as employees. This technique is often used by companies to work illegal immigrants as independent contractors avoiding the I-9 employment documentation process.   Read more »

at Dec 11, 2014 5:01 PM
       

Bill Filed to Crack Down on Worker Misclassification in Texas Construction Industry

Far too often, construction companies cheat taxpayers and their workers by pretending their employees are independent subcontractors when, by law, they should be paid as employees. It’s a practice known as worker misclassification. Some ethical contractors have called it a “cancer that is eating at the heart of our industry.”

If a person is paid as a subcontractor, that individual is on the hook for payroll taxes and benefits like health insurance. When they’re injured, uninsured workers are often dropped off at county hospitals and the rest of us end up paying more in health costs and local property taxes.   Read more »

at Dec 8, 2014 3:41 PM
       

Minnesota Misclassification Crackdown Gets Results

Because of an absence of federal action on the problem of rampant worker misclassification in construction, we continue to track the progress of states across the nation that are trying to deal with what's been called “a cancer” in the industry. Lawmakers in Minnesota have gotten particularly aggressive, pushing a registry for subcontractors that can be easily checked

at Sep 4, 2014 11:04 AM
       

Texas House Hearing Could Signal Big Changes Ahead for Misclassification and Workers’ Comp

In a marathon hearing held by Texas lawmakers on the issues of workers’ comp and worker misclassification, representatives from businesses and labor came together to talk about what could be done to level the playing field for ethical companies and improve the lives of middle class Texans.

at Apr 30, 2014 1:11 PM
       

Border Security and Immigration Reform Go Hand In Hand

Critically, I believe that we cannot have immigration reform without border security. I also believe that we cannot have border security without immigration reform.

In other words, immigration reform and border security are mutually dependent – not mutually exclusive. To have one, we must have the other. The condition is an “and” – not an “either/or” – situation. We must have both, and we must have both now.   Read more »

at Apr 14, 2014 11:39 AM
       

Misclassification Hearing is Set in the Texas House

A Texas House Committee has set a hearing on the issue of worker misclassification and what more the state may need to do to combat the problem that is particularly rampant in the construction industry.

The House Business and Industry Committee will take testimony on the implementation of a limited crackdown that was signed into law by Gov. Rick Perry last year. The hearing is slated for Tuesday, April 22 at the state capitol.

Here is the official announcement, which says the panel of lawmakers will be looking into

at Apr 10, 2014 10:33 AM
       

Immigration Summit in Houston to Focus on Human Trafficking

An unfortunate reality of the construction industry is that there are many instances of worker abuse. Much of this has been documented on Construction Citizen over the years. Terrible working conditions, worker misclassification, lack of health insurance and workers’ compensation insurance, and other problems honestly keep me up at night. But, I was only fairly recently alerted to just how prevalent human trafficking is in construction.   Read more »

at Mar 13, 2014 9:22 AM
       

Texas House to Study What More Should be Done on Worker Misclassification

Now that the state is moving forward with a targeted crackdown on the practice of worker misclassification, which some in the construction industry have called “a cancer,” lawmakers are going to work through the summer to figure out what more they can do when they reconvene in a regular session in 2015.

As you may recall, the Texas Legislature in 2013 passed a bill to root out misclassification on public works projects. While many see that as a step in the right direction, it doesn't go nearly far enough to address the problem.

at Feb 12, 2014 11:53 AM
       

Will Texas Republican Legislators Finally Get Serious About Worker Misclassification?

For the past several years, the Republican-led Texas Legislature has failed to make significant progress in stopping the abuses of workers through unethical employment practices. Many businesses, particularly in the construction industry, carry on a practice of classifying workers as independent contractors when they are truly employees, according to existing law.

Lawmakers have attempted to bring bills to the floor to stop the practice of companies that cheat workers and taxpayers and game the system to obtain an unfair competitive business advantage over companies who follow the law. These bills have repeatedly died in various committees because of pressure from a relatively few, but very powerful, home builders who make millions by cheating.   Read more »

at Feb 6, 2014 12:43 PM
       

Ag Commissioner Candidate Sid Miller on Water, Worker Misclassification and Guest Workers

Sid MillerSid Miller is a solid, conservative, pro-life and pro-Second Amendment Republican. During his time serving the people of Texas as a state representative, Miller was the House author of the Texas Sonogram Bill. He served as chairman of the Agriculture and Livestock Committee and the Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee. Now he seeks to serve Texas once again as the next Agriculture Commissioner. Miller sat down with TexasGOPVote to discuss three important issues related not only to agriculture but to urban communities as well - water, worker misclassification and a viable guest worker program.   Read more »

at Jan 20, 2014 2:02 PM
       

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