Calling employee misclassification a crisis, Gov. Phil Murphy stated that New Jersey workers lost out on $46 billion in wages and benefits in 2018 because they were not properly paid due to employee misclassifications.

A task force appointed by Murphy in 2018 found more than 12,300 cases where workers were misclassified, representing a total of more than $400 million in underreported gross wages and $14 million in unpaid state unemployment and temporary disability contributions.

The governor will give the Department of Labor new tools to help put an end to misclassification. He also said he would sign A-108/S-2557, giving the department power to issue stop-work orders whenever an initial work site investigation finds sufficient violations.

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