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Oklahoma and Feds Crackdown On Subcontractors

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The Feds Crackdown  Down On Subcontractors

The State of Oklahoma and Feds crackdown on dishonest subcontractors. Oklahoma organizations that misclassify employees as independent contractors are the target of new legislation approved by the Oklahoma House of Representatives.

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Senate Bill 1384 would allow the Oklahoma Tax Commission, the Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Court, and the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission. to share information in order to identify employers who fraudulently classify workers as independent contractors instead of employees in order to evade taxes and workers’ compensation claims.

The Department of Labor announced that $12 million of its 2011 budget will go towards increasing enforcement of wage and overtime laws involving misclassification of employees. Currently, misclassification is not against the law, but its practices often violate labor and tax laws, such as failing to pay employees overtime or minimum wage.

As I have posted often in the past, this does not mean that a company should not dispute the classification codes for their employees if they feel the codes are incorrect. Classification codes have very little to do with the misclassification of employees versus subcontractors. Those are two different subjects.

Your Workers Comp policy spells out how to initiate a dispute if you believe you have been overcharged premiums.   When Oklahoma and Feds Crackdown, companies do not have to worry about Workers Comp Class Codes being the subject of the investigations.

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James founded a Workers’ Compensation consulting firm, J&L Risk Mgmt Consultants, Inc. in 1996. J&L’s mission is to reduce our clients’ Workers Compensation premiums by using time-tested techniques. J&L’s claims, premium, reserve and Experience Mod reviews have saved employers over $9.8 million in earned premiums over the last three years. J&L has saved numerous companies from bankruptcy proceedings as a result of insurance overpayments.

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James’s educational background, which centered on computer technology, culminated in earning a Masters of Business Administration (MBA); an Associate in Claims designation (AIC); and an Associate in Risk Management designation (ARM). He is a Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) and a licensed financial advisor. The NC Department of Insurance has certified him as an insurance instructor. He also possesses a Bachelors’ Degree in Actuarial Science.

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