We read an interesting article this week on Pittsburgh’s Post-Gazette.com on the misclassification of employees.
According to the article, the state’s Unemployment Compensation fund is being underfunded because about 9 percent of the state’s workforce are misclassified as independent contractors. By categorizing a worker as an independent contractor, a company save money because it does not need to pay for benefits for the employee including workers’ compensation and unemployment insurance.
But determining whether or not a worker fits the description of company employee can be tricky. In addition, many workers are just happy to have a job and may not want to cause a stir given the current recession and high unemployment rates. It might not become an issue for the worker until he or she is hurt on the job. To read the full article, click on this link.
If you have suffered an injury on the job, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Let the Pennsylvania workers’ compensation lawyer team at Michael J. O’Connor & Associates begin tackling your legal problem today. Email or call our toll free number at 1 (800) 518-4LAW for a free initial consultation and review of your case.