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Wisconsin Announcement of Netting $1.4 Million From Worker-Misclassification Enforcement Is No Cause for Celebration

In an April 3, 2018, Press Release issued by the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, Secretary Ray Allen announced that “due to the department’s efforts to combat the misclassification of workers in Wisconsin …, the state netted $1.4 million in unpaid Unemployment Insurance (UI) taxes, interest and associated penalties.” The Press Release goes on to state that “Employers who misclassify workers as independent contractors unfairly avoid UI tax and other tax obligations.”

Coalition Submits Comments Concerning Proposed Rule Affecting Association Health Plans

The Coalition submitted comments in response to a proposed rule published by the U.S. Department of Labor that would affect section 3(5) of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (“ERISA”). The Coalition is supportive of the proposed rule as it would create a new health plan option for independent contractors by expanding access to association health plans.

Executive Order Creates New Opportunities

A new Executive Order that President Trump issued on February 24, 2017, provides stakeholders with new opportunities for pursuing their administrative objectives.[1] The Executive Order requires the “head of each agency” to designate an agency official as its Regulatory Reform Officer (“RRO”) within 60 days of the date of the order. Each RRO is responsible for overseeing its agency’s regulatory… Read more →

House Small Business Committee Hearing Considers Taxes and the Sharing Economy

At a recent hearing before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Small Business certain Members and witnesses expressed concern that current tax laws are outdated and burdensome to companies in the “sharing economy.” The hearing, titled, “The Sharing Economy: A Taxing Experience for New Entrepreneurs, Part I” was held on May 24, 2016. Committee Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH) observed… Read more →