University of Maine Bureau of Labor Education
The classification of independent contractors (ICs) is problematic in a number of industries and employment situations. This paper is intended as a survey of IC issues as they affect the construction industry in Maine. Construction companies have recourse to hourly labor for much of their work requirements, but like many other businesses, they also often employ independent contractors for some parts of their various building contracts. There is considerable evidence that these two job categories are being manipulated by some employers to bypass the legal intent of IC classification. A 2000 report produced for the U.S. Department of Labor found employee misclassification in the construction industry to be critical nationally: “The construction industry was the industry frequently cited by interviewees as most likely to use ICs, contain the highest incidence of misclassification, or as one that lures workers into becoming ICs.”
Bureau of Labor Education. University of Maine, "Stretching the Law, Stressing the State Misclassified Workers in Maine's Construction Industry" (2007). Bureau of Labor Education. 28.
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