Taxpayers miss out on millions of dollars in unemployment payments

Taxpayers miss out on millions of dollars in unemployment payments

Analysis shows employers dodge payments worth $23M a year
An American flag is reflected in the windows of the SkyHouse luxury condominiums in downtown Denver in February. The construction project at 1776 Broadway in Denver appears to be the site of worker misclassification, according to a review of five workers’ pay stubs. The site is also the subject of a lawsuit filed June 2 alleging illegally unpaid wages stemming from worker misclassification and gender and ethnic discrimination.
Construction workers walk in the entrance to the SkyHouse condo development site in downtown Denver in February.
The analysis

Rocky Mountain PBS News analyzed data from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment to find the estimated number of workers who were misclassified as contractors instead of employees, based on the proportion of workers in random audits who were found to be misclassified. RMPBS then used the “confidence interval for a single population mean” to estimate the amount per worker of unpaid unemployment insurance.

Taxpayers miss out on millions of dollars in unemployment payments

An American flag is reflected in the windows of the SkyHouse luxury condominiums in downtown Denver in February. The construction project at 1776 Broadway in Denver appears to be the site of worker misclassification, according to a review of five workers’ pay stubs. The site is also the subject of a lawsuit filed June 2 alleging illegally unpaid wages stemming from worker misclassification and gender and ethnic discrimination.
Construction workers walk in the entrance to the SkyHouse condo development site in downtown Denver in February.
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