- Associated Press - Thursday, July 16, 2015

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - State and federal labor officials have agreed to work together to stop Kentucky companies from misclassifying full-time workers as independent contractors.

Officials with the U.S. Department of Labor and the Kentucky Labor Cabinet have signed an agreement pledging they will share information and coordinate law enforcement activities to make sure business owners do not try to misclassify workers.

Kentucky joins 22 other states who have signed similar agreements with the federal government. Federal officials said misclassified workers are often denied benefits, including the minimum wage, overtime and family and medical leave. It also means states and the federal government collect less money in taxes.

The agreement lasts for three years.

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