With the addition of Wisconsin last week, the Department of Labor (DOL) now has 19 states participating in the collaborative effort to reduce the misclassification of employees as contractors. The DOL's initiative is a concerted effort to investigate and pursue companies that misclassify employees as contractors to avoid various tax and/or benefit burdens. Over the last three to four years, the initiative has resulted in a significant number of companies being investigated by the DOL (or a state partner) and the payment of significant back pay amounts to employees. If your company makes use of independent contractors (contract labor), you should carefully review these arrangements to ensure they are truly contractors and not employees. Correcting these issues before a government investigation is almost certain to be better for your company.