Senate Labor Committee To Hold Public Hearing To Study Employee Misclassification In New York's Underground Economy

January 12, 2010

Hearing Will Examine the Loss of Revenues to the State’s Underground Economy Caused by Employee Misclassification in the Construction Industry, and the Negative Impact on Workers and Employers 

The New York State Senate Standing Committee on Labor, chaired by Senator George Onorato, will hold a public hearing to examine the problem of employee misclassification in New York’s construction industry – both upstate and downstate – and the impact on the State’s economy, workers and employers. Misclassification occurs when employers wrongly classify workers as independent contractors, rather than as employees, to avoid paying unemployment insurance, payroll taxes, workers’ compensation, social security and prevailing wages.  By hiring workers off the books, unscrupulous employers are able to pocket millions of dollars in taxes that would otherwise be paid to the State: something New York clearly cannot afford to let continue in these difficult economic times. Steps taken by other states to curb the problem will be among the presentations.
Witnesses presenting testimony at the public hearing include :
Robert Beloten, Chairman of the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board Jennifer Brand, Executive director of the New York State Joint Enforcement Task Force on Employee Misclassification
John Donoghue,  President and business manager of the Plattsburgh/Saranac Lake Building Trades Council
Robert Mantello, President of the Greater Capital Region Building and Construction Trades Council
 Matthew Capece, national representative of the general president of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters; Michael L. Conroy, political director for the Empire State Regional Council of Carpenters; Jack Kittle, political director for the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council #9; Pat Tirino, secretary-treasurer of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers, Local 2; Anthony LaCava and Michael Barbera, business agents for Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers, Local 1; Linda Donahue, senior extension associate for the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations; James Parrott, deputy director and chief economist for the Fiscal Policy Institute; Todd Helfrich, managing director of the Eastern Contractors Association, Inc.; l; and Lou Anthony, vice-president of Sam Greco Construction, Inc.
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
10 a.m.
Hearing Room B
2nd Floor , Legislative Office Building