In a dramatic sweep of 117 employers,
a new New York State joint task force of state labor, tax and worker
compensation agencies found that 2,078 employees had been illegally
misclassified as independent contractors, with $19 million in wages not
reported to the state. An additional 646 workers were owed minimum wage and overtime pay totaling $3 million.
The good news is that over thirty states and the federal government raised the minimum wage in recent years. The bad news is that many employers, even most employers in some industries, ignore existing wage and workplace regulations, so the real challenge now is to stop the systematic violation of these laws.