Posted On: August 17, 2009 by Steven J. Malman

Five Chicago-Area Construction Companies Reach Agreement with Attorney General Madigan that Ensures Employees Illinois Workers’ Compensation and Other Benefits

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and five construction companies in the Chicago area have reached an agreement settling claims she made against them. The defendants, Jerry Ryce Masonry, Inc. Jerry Ryce Builders, Inc., JS Masonry & Stone, Inc., JS Masonary Inc., and JS Masonry & Tuckpointing, Inc., are accused of falsely claiming that their employees were independent contractors when they should have been categorized as full-time workers.

Under the terms of the settlement, the construction firms will no longer employ this practice, which allows companies to get around state labor laws and can deprive workers of unemployment aid, workers’ compensation, and the proper wages.

Each defendant will pay over $79,000, and over the next four years, all five of the construction companies are barred from taking part in construction projects with public companies. Over the next five years, the Attorney General will be allowed to inspect all of the firms to make sure they are in compliance with state labor laws.

Per Illinois law, workers have to be treated as employees unless they fulfill certain requirements that allow them to fall under the category of independent contractor. Misclassifying workers violates the Illinois Whistleblower Reward and Protection Act, the Employee Classification Act, and the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act.

Construction Workers and Illinois Workers’ Compensation Benefits
Construction workers often place themselves in dangerous situations on a regular basis just to do their job. It is important that they receive the work benefits that they are entitled to, especially their Illinois workers’ compensation benefits, because they could get hurt, become permanently disabled, or die in an Illinois construction accident. Spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, burn injuries, electrical injuries, and other catastrophic injuries can happen, and construction workers need all the worker protection and assistance that state law allows.

Illinois AG Settles With Construction Firms Over Worker Classifications, Insurance Journal, August 11, 2009

Related Web Resources:
Employee Classification Act

Illinois Whistleblower Reward and Protection Act

Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act

Call our Chicago workers’ compensation law firm for your free case evaluation.

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