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

Members of the North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters gathered in Minneapolis on April 15 to protest "wage theft" on construction projects.  (Submitted photo: North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters)

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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Group looks to protect taxpayers from misclassification abuses

A construction lobbying group is pushing for changes to state law that would give Wisconsin companies a bidding advantage on state projects and require companies that misclassify workers to tack the cost of taxpayer-funded health insurance and other benefits onto public bids.

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Union accuses contractors on Northwestern Mutual project of paying cash, avoiding taxes

Rick Bachleitner of Greendale, left, and Jim Morris of Janesville hold up a large sign contending that nonunion contractors working on Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance’s 7Seventy7 apartment project in downtown Milwaukee were paying workers with cash and avoiding payroll taxes. Bachleitner and Morris are being paid to hold the sign by the North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters, a union they do not belong to. (Staff photo by Kevin Harnack)

A multi-state carpenters union is organizing demonstrations outside Northwestern Mutual buildings in downtown Milwaukee in response to what it alleges is the use of unfair labor practices in the construction nearby of a new apartment tower for the insurance company. ...

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