Wethersfield – On February 1, 2013, The Connecticut Department of Labor's Division of Wage and Workplace Standards issued Stop Work Orders to five companies that were working on construction projects at Walmart stores in Putnam and Brooklyn, Connecticut.
According to Sharon M. Palmer, the state labor commissioner, the agency issued Stop Work Orders when it was discovered that several contractors were unable to provide proof of workers' compensation insurance, or they were misclassifying their workers as independent contractors. Stop Work Orders were issued at the Putnam site to the following companies: United Drywall Systems of Westport, MA, Mocci Concrete Construction of Rindge, NH, G. Logan of Dighton, MA, and J&R General Construction of Stonington, CT. For the Brooklyn site, Stop Work Orders were issued to J Hatchett Masonry of Springfield, MA.
In the press release issued by CT Department of Labor Communications Office, Palmer said that employers will misclassify workers as independent contractors with the intention of avoiding their obligations under state and federal employment laws covering workers' compensation, unemployment taxes and payroll reporting. Palmer said that when the agency suspects misclassification abuse, it issues a Stop Work Order, which results in the halting of all construction activity at the cited company's worksite. It also results in a $300 civil penalty for each day the company does not carry workers' compensation coverage as is required under Connecticut workers' compensation laws.
"We take it very seriously when an employer fails to recognize their workers as employees of their company because they avoid providing certain protections, such as workers' compensation," said Palmer. "Unfortunately, when an employer does not pay its fair share and a worker gets hurt on the job or is laid off, the state's taxpayers ultimately foot the bill."
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