Employers would be wise to hire contract workers through a temporary employment agency or carefully check their records to make sure they're not violating any laws about employing freelance workers, experts say. States and the federal government are cracking down on employers who misclassify their workers. Companies that are found to be in violation of laws on worker classification could risk being hit with thousands of dollars in fines and required to compensate employees with thousands more in back wages, they say.

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