Wage Theft

Two men in Georgia have been arrested on federal charges that they intentionally misrepresented the employment classification of construction workers on a project for the Centers for Disease Control, which is headquartered...
Federal agencies with oversight over various industries are taking the problem of worker misclassification more seriously and are taking steps to rein in as many bad actors as possible, according to various reports.
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...
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...
Update: Due to an error on the Houston City Secretary's website, this agenda item was erroneously listed as passed, but is instead tabled until next week. We regret the error but continue to support its...
Two weeks ago, I brought you a report about a group of workers in Austin, Texas who worked in sweatshop labor conditions and were denied overtime pay by their employers. The work was related to a construction project...
The construction industry is rampant with workers who are misclassified as independent contractors when they are really employees, according to a study by the University of Texas. Workers who are misclassified are often...
As former chairman of the Texas Workforce Commissioner, Tom Pauken is no stranger to the pages of TexasGOPVote. Pauken has been a news contributor for this website nearly from its inception in 2009. Now Pauken has taken on a...
Construction industry leaders, associations, labor unions and others testified before lawmakers in Austin last week that the state needs to aggressively go after companies that misclassify their employees to avoid paying...
For 140 days every two years, lawmakers, their staffs, armies of lobbyists, activists, journalists, and others descend on the Texas Capitol for the regular session of the legislature. The legislative issue we're watching...
Two men in Georgia have been arrested on federal charges that they intentionally misrepresented the employment classification of construction workers on a project for the Centers for Disease Control, which is headquartered...
There’s a renewed push at the Texas Capitol to prevent people from skirting their responsibility to make child support payments through misclassification. Worker misclassification, also known as "payroll fraud," causes all...
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...
The City of Houston has taken a bold step forward by passing an ordinance that will properly punish companies that commit wage theft and payroll fraud by stealing from their employees. After a public hearing on Tuesday, the...
With issues related to ObamaCare, more and more companies are looking for ways to get workers off their books.
The State of Texas is missing out on millions of dollars of tax revenue and Texas parents are losing millions in child support payments because of the failure to deal with payroll fraud and employee misclassification and the...
TexasGOPVote has been reporting on issues regarding wage theft, payroll fraud and employee misclassification for several years now. Recently the Texas Legislature passed legislation to help clamp down on some companies that...
“If a piece of the building falls to the ground and breaks, they have insurance for that,” said a middle-aged man in a wheelchair in Houston. I sat in a small portable building behind a church, listening through an...
Efforts to pass a worker misclassification bill are moving forward after what was called "the big stakeholders meeting" on Monday. Sen. John Carona, Chairman of the Senate Business and Commerce Committee, brought groups like...
After talking about it for months, Sen. John Carona filed a bill that he believes will help stop the problem of worker misclassification, also known as payroll fraud.The bill could still be substituted and amended, but this...

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