ST. PAUL, Minn. — Everybody knows about the corporate abuse of workers by classifying them as “independent contractors” to avoid paying health care, retirement, overtime and even the minimum wage. Attorney General Keith Ellison wants to do something about it. Ellison opened a conference to begin a dialogue on what he called “worker misclassification.” Ellison aims to have a report recommending remedies by next spring. “We’re trying to have a conversation about how to come up with an understanding of this issue,” Ellison said in convening the first meeting. “We’re going to be studying best practices and we’re going to dig into challenges.” Invited were Minnesota legislators and labor force experts. Further meetings are planned monthly, all of them pubic.

Ellison. What to do about “independent contractor” misclasifications.