Misclassification has been plaguing the construction industry for far too long. It deprives hard working employees of their rightful wages and can deny them access to important benefits such as overtime compensation, insurance, family and medical leave, and retirement benefits, on top of adding extra pressure and unfair competition to law-abiding companies who are unable to compete. That is why the United States Department of Labor and the New Hampshire Department of Labor have teamed up and signed a memorandum of understanding. Under this agreement, both agencies will share information and will be able to coordinate the enforcement of laws in order to stomp our misclassification and level the playing field for honest employers.
Unsurprisingly, New Hampshire is not the first state to sign such an agreement. Alabama, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New York, Utah and Washington have all signed similar agreements in a sweeping initiative to improve work conditions and ensure worker’s rights.
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