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Aloha! Do your clients' contractors qualify for benefits?

You should ask yourself, just in case other states adopt Hawaii's new approach. Mike Fox reports that the island state has just begun to review employee classifications. Why? To reduce the number of Hawaiians without health insurance. In "Converting the Uninsured -- A New Reason for Challenging Independent Contractors," Fox writes:

"[T]he Hawaii Institute of Public Affairs estimated 1 out of 4 of the uninsured are actually eligible for insurance if they were not misclassified by their employers. Although the numbers strike someone with no knowledge of the actual facts as somewhat suspect, it has motivated the Labor Department of Hawaii to initiate the crackdown."

Posted by Product Team on April 5, 2005 at 02:08 PM | Permalink | TrackBack (0)


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