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The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage-and-Hour Division (WHD) has taken aim at independent contractor misclassification, applying a multipronged approach to address what it refers to on its website as “a serious problem for affected employees, employers, and to the entire economy.” Under the auspices of Vice President Joe Biden’s Middle Class Task Force, the Labor Department launched its “Misclassification Initiative,” which targets the practice of “improperly treating a worker who is an employee under the applicable law as in a work status other than an employee.”

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