Counting Contractors

An estimated 40,000 Virginia businesses are improperly classifying workers as independent contractors instead of employees. That’s according to a new Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission report—which also says the practice shorts the state of tax revenue, gives the companies an unfair competitive advantage, and deprives workers of benefits. As Virginia Public Radio’s Amanda Iacone reports, the study recommends that the state make such practices illegal and penalize those companies.

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