Report: Nearly 10% of Rhode Island’s employers misclassify workers

R.I. DEPARTMENT OF Labor and Training Director Matthew Weldon agrees with the conclusion of a University of Massachusetts Amherst Labor Center report that worker misclassification and wage theft are growing concerns in the state./ PBN FILE PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM
PROVIDENCE – Misclassification of workers as independent contractors is a growing problem in the Ocean State, with nearly 10% of Rhode Island employers doing so, according to a report by the University of Massachusetts Amherst Labor Center. The misclassification saves employers one-third in labor costs, while rendering employees ineligible for social insurance, overtime pay and…

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