For Immediate Release - September 19, 2011

Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis to host Sept. 19 press call on efforts to reduce misclassification of employees as independent contractors, non-employees

Call to follow signing of memorandums of understanding by labor secretary, IRS commissioner, state labor commissioners

WASHINGTON - Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis, Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Douglas H. Shulman and several state labor commissioners on Sept. 19 will sign memorandums of understanding on the improper classification of employees as independent contractors or other non-employees. Following the signing, Solis, Shulman and state officials will take part in a press teleconference to discuss how the U.S. Department of Labor, the IRS and state agencies will embark on new efforts, guided by these memorandums, to protect the rights of employees and level the playing field for responsible employers by reducing the practice conducted by some businesses of misclassifying employees.

WHO: Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis
IRS Commissioner Douglas H. Shulman
State officials from Connecticut, Maryland,
Massachusetts (Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development,
Joanne F. Goldstein)
Minnesota, Missouri, Utah and Washington

Media teleconference on efforts by federal and state agencies to reduce
the business practice of improperly classifying employees as
contractors or other non-employees

WHEN: Monday, Sept. 19
11:30 a.m. EDT

WHERE: Call-in number: 800-593-7185
Passcode: 6002679