The North Carolina AFL-CIO is releasing a three-part video series prior to the opening of the 2016 legislative session next Monday featuring veteran North Carolina labor lawyer Mike Okun. In the brief videos, Okun explore three topics of great importance to North Carolina workers and offers some simple, common sense recommendations for lawmakers as they return to Raleigh next week.
In the first video, Mike Okun gives his take on North Carolina’s serious problem of employers misclassifying their workers as independent contractors and how the current General Assembly could still pass legislation to fix what the News & Observer called a “contract to cheat” because the practice robs workers of employment protections only given to “employees”, puts honest employers at a competitive disadvantage to cheaters who can run more cheaply, and deprives the state and federal government of $467 million a year in uncollected tax revenue.
“It’s not a small problem,” says Mike. “The U.S. Department of Labor says as many as 30% of our workers are affected by this practice.”
Watch the video, Mike’s Take on Worker Misclassification: