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Identifying Misclassified Workers

Lessons Learned from Maryland's Workplace Fraud Act

By Andrea J. Vaughn

Many low-wage workers are misclassified as independent contractors instead of employees. This seemingly minor detail results in major consequences for workers and governments because thousands of people end up ineligible for essential workplace protections. Advocates and state governments are increasingly aware of this problem and are creating innovative ways to solve it. Examining worker misclassification through the passage and enforcement of Maryland’s Workplace Fraud Act may help advocates recognize workers’ misclassification and seek fairness for all workers.

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