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Wisconsin sees slight construction growth over last year, industry jobs excel (access required)

Several Wisconsin counties saw slight growth in new construction over the last year while a dozen saw less than 1% growth, according to a state revenue department report. Meanwhile, construction was among employment sectors which exceeded 2019 levels, according to a separate report. 

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ON THE TRAIL OF WAGE THIEVES: Construction Business Group redoubles efforts to root out misclassification (VIDEO)

If drywall and flooring could talk, it'd probably have a dark story to tell about Wisconsin's ongoing construction boom. Behind projects big and small, say people close to the industry, there thrives an underground economy made up of contractors who cheat their workers out of wages and benefits to deliver projects on time and under budget.

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With Minnesota’s tough ‘wage theft’ law in effect, Wisconsin looks to crack down on similar abuses (access required)

As Wisconsin revisits rules to crack down on worker misclassification, a new law that took effect in Minnesota on Monday is attaching criminal penalties not only to that particular abuse but also other forms of wage theft — making it one of the strictest such laws in the country.

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State pledges renewed crackdown on ‘underground economy’ caused by misclassification (access required)

State officials on Monday said they are searching for new ways to prevent the abuse of worker misclassification, a persistent source of concern that contractors blame for keeping bids artificially low and giving rise to an underground economy.

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