Snyder: Employee misclassification complaints warrant prompt handling by state labor officials

HARRISBURG, March 7 – Complaints filed by Pennsylvanians who believe they’ve been wrongly classified by their employer should be handled in a timely manner, said state Rep. Pam Snyder.

Snyder said employee misclassification occurs when an employee is designated by their employer as an independent contractor – instead of as employee – in an attempt to avoid paying income taxes, minimum or overtime wages, workers compensation premiums and contributions to the state’s employment compensation system.

“It’s wrong and extremely unfair for employers to intentionally misclassify workers to save a few bucks,” said Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington. “This practice gives dishonest employers an unfair advantage over those who play by the rules, and it hurts workers who just want an honest day’s pay for an honest day’s work. Hardworking Pennsylvanians deserve to be treated – and paid – fairly, and they also deserve to have these complaints addressed quickly.”

Snyder’s legislation, H.B. 718, would require the department to confirm receipt of a misclassification complaint filed with the state Department of Labor and Industry within 15 days.