Senate Majority Leader Murphy: Bill to Stop the Misclassification of Working Minnesotans Clears First Senate Committee

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Senate Majority Leader Erin Murphy (DFL- St. Paul) said that Senator Clare Oumou Verbeten’s (DFL-St. Paul) legislation to ensure working people across Minnesota get all the benefits and protections they’ve earned has been approved by a key Senate Committee.

Senator Oumou Verbeten’s bill would stop employers from fraudulently misclassifying workers as independent contractors in order to avoid providing them a wide range of benefits, including overtime pay, minimum wage, worker’s compensation, unemployment insurance, and paid family and medical leave.  The measure (SF 4483), which passed the Senate Labor Committee Thursday, would strengthen penalties and would allow for more strategic enforcement on employers who intentionally misclassify their workers.

“Senate DFLers continue to stand up for Minnesota’s working families, and by moving this important legislation through its first Senate committee today, we are protecting working people from having their benefits and protections undermined when they are fraudulently misclassified,” said Majority Leader Murphy. “This bill will put needed enforcement in place so that Minnesota workers aren’t denied the opportunity to earn good wages and benefits to support their families and their lives.”  

“I am proud to continue to serve on Attorney General Ellison’s Advisory Task Force on Worker Misclassification, where we have heard hours of testimony from workers and stakeholders with heartbreaking stories of wages that have been stolen, with workplace injuries that have broken worker’s budgets, and with benefits denied workers,” said Senator Oumou Verbeten. “Workers courageously shared their stories to offer a helping hand to those that will come after them. When bad actors continue to undermine their competition by taking the low-road and avoiding their responsibilities to workers, we all suffer. My bill gives state agencies the tools they need to bring accountability and to level the playing field.”

The bill will now move to the State and Local Government and Veterans Committee ###

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