Employers who use workers they classify as contract laborers, freelancers, casual workers, contract employees — or independent contractors by any other name — may want to monitor the progress of a new bill in the U.S. Senate.

Dubbed the Payroll Fraud Prevention Act of 2013, Senate bill 1687's aim is to take another jab at employers who may be improperly classifying employees as non-employees.

This has become a cause celebre over at the U.S. Department of Labor, where suspicious minds are on the lookout for true employees who are being under-compensated due to misclassification.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.