Alabama’s Labor Department has agreed to work with the U.S. Department of Labor to crack down on businesses that classify people as independent contractors when they are really regular employees. Alabama Labor Commissioner Fitzgerald Washington, and the U.S. Department of Labor’s regional director for the wage and hour division, Wayne Kotowski, signed a memorandum of understanding in Montgomery last Thursday. Kotowski said Alabama is the 16th state to sign an agreement to share information and coordinate enforcement. Washington said more than 1,500 misclassified workers were found in Alabama last year. In fiscal 2013, the department’s investigations resulted in $83 million in back wages for more than 108,000 workers nationwide.
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