Session Update

Misclassification hearing

i Apr 22nd Comments Off by
HB 1925 (Rep. John Davis) received a favorable hearing in the House Economic Development Committee on 4/17. HB 1925 creates penalties for construction employers who misclassify their workers. A broad group of business associations (NFIB, TAB), construction associations (Associated General Contractors, Associate Builders and Contractors, Texas Construction Assoication), Unions (AFLCIO and Carpenters), Workers Defense Project testified in favor of the bill. Testifying against the bill was the a group called Leading Builders of America, who represented homebuilders like Perry Homes and David Weekly Homes. Read more about this hearing on Construction Citizen. Despite opposition from the homebuilder group, we are hopeful that the bill will be voted out of committee tomorrow. For national coverage of this issue, check out this great two-part NPR story on the Texas construction industry:
Part 1: Construction Booming in Texas, but Many Workers Pay Dearly
Part 2: Contractors Say Playing by the Rules Doesn’t Pay