According to DOL, misclassified workers frequently lose out on access to critical benefits and protections they are entitled to receive, such as minimum wage, overtime compensation, family and medical leave, and safe workplaces.
“Incorrectly classifying a worker as an independent contractor causes harm to the worker by withholding rights that belong to legitimate employees,” Department of Labor & Industry Secretary Kathy Manderino said in an Oct. 19 press release.
“Our goal for this campaign is to educate workers and employers about the important differences between an employee and a contractor.”
The campaign includes digital advertisements, radio spots and bus placards.
The U.S. Department of Labor provided the grant money to fund the campaign.