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Brainerd Dispatch: Franken introduces bill to combat payroll fraud

U.S. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., along with Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., introduced legislation on Wednesday to address the growing problem of payroll fraud, which occurs when an employer misclassifies a worker as an independent contractor rather than employee. The bill is designed to take action against improper misclassification practices and prohibit companies from using worker misclassification to avoid taxes.

“When workers are misclassified, they often are denied basic workplace protections like minimum wage, overtime pay, workers’ compensation insurance, and retirement benefits,” Franken said in a release. “This legislation would crack down on misclassification, a practice that is hurting our workers, costing taxpayers, and putting businesses that play by the rules at a competitive disadvantage.”

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