Department of Workforce Development: Releases 2022 Joint Task Force Report on Worker Misclassification and Wage Fraud

MADISON – The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) has released the 2022 Joint Taskforce on Worker Misclassification and Payroll Fraud report, which summarizes the task force’s activities throughout 2021 and includes several recommendations to strengthen Wisconsin’s ability to combat against these forms of fraud.

The task force was established by Governor Tony Evers on April 15, 2019 to assess current legislation and potential options, whether through a change in law or an administrative rule, that will help prevent misclassifications of workers and protect thousands of workers while leveling the playing field. for businesses that follow the law.

The report included the following recommendations:

DWD Secretary-designate Amy Pechacek also announced that the work of the task force was complete with the release of the report.

“Wisconsin owes a debt of gratitude to the members of this task force as well as to the countless members of the public who have contributed through testimonials or participation in task forces,” Pechacek said. “The recommendations of this task force since its inception should serve as a roadmap for policymakers as we move forward in combating these complex fraudulent business practices. I look forward to working with other state agencies and members of the Wisconsin State Legislature to advance the task force’s recommendations, past and present.

This problem of worker misclassification and payroll fraud is not unique to Wisconsin—employers across the country in certain industries commonly misclassify workers as “independent contractors,” even when under the law, these workers should be classified as employees.

For more information on the work of the Joint Task Force on Wage Misclassification and Wage Fraud, please visit the Joint Task Force on Wage Fraud and Wage Misclassification website.

Michael A. Bynum