Feds, states will work together to halt wage violations

09/19/2011 | Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.)

Nine states and the Internal Revenue Service have agreed to work with the U.S. Labor Department in an effort to target employers that violate wage-and-hour laws, officials say. State and federal officials will be looking for employers who, for example, mislabel workers as independent contractors to avoid paying overtime, unemployment insurance and federal taxes. As part of the initiative, wage violations that result in fines by states will be reported to federal agencies, which could result in additional fines, the Labor Department's top lawyer says.

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