Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Some companies have been tempted to characterize workers that might be considered employees as independent contractors to save costs and regulatory hassles. An additional reason for doing so beginning in 2015 is to avoid the significant cost of providing health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act. This Employee Benefits Update describes some of the risks of misclassifying workers including the new risks posed by the “play or pay” rules of the Affordable Care Act.
For additional background on the issue of misclassification of workers, please see the Summer 2011 issue of The Resource, the quarterly newsletter published by the Wyrick Robbins Employment Law Group.