The District of Columbia has joined the growing number of states in passing its own anti-independent contractor law. Titled as the “Workplace Fraud Amendment Act”, the law now:
- Penalizes misclassified 1099 workers;
- Allows workers to seek 3x lost W-2 wages and benefits;
- Requires 1099 employers to give specific notices to worker explaining their status as an independent contractor; and
- Requires each employer to maintain records of independent contractors working on job sites.
Our contacts inform us that contractors working inside D.C. will begin seeing audits in early 2014, but expect the 1-800-Sue-You lawyers to begin jumping on the bandwagon with the next worker compensation or overtime claim they get from an installer.