Misclassification of employees as independent contractors; Department of Taxation to investigate. (SB744)

Introduced By

Sen. Jeremy McPike (D-Dale City)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Misclassification of employees as independent contractors; Department of Taxation to investigate and enforce; civil penalties. Prohibits an employer from classifying an individual as an independent contractor if he is an employee. An individual shall be considered an employee of the party that pays the remuneration for purposes of Titles 40.1 (Labor and Employment), 58.1 (Taxation), 60.2 (Unemployment Compensation), and 65.2 (Workers' Compensation) unless and until it is shown that such individual is an independent contractor under Internal Revenue Service guidelines. Violators are subject to civil penalties and debarment from public contracts. The bill has a delayed effective date of January 1, 2021. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/08/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20105143D
01/08/2020Referred to Committee on Finance and Appropriations
01/18/2020Impact statement from TAX (SB744)
01/22/2020Reported from Finance and Appropriations with amendment (14-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
01/23/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/24/2020Read second time
01/24/2020Reading of amendment waived
01/24/2020Committee amendment agreed to
01/24/2020Engrossed by Senate as amended SB744E
01/24/2020Printed as engrossed 20105143D-E
01/27/2020Read third time and passed Senate (23-Y 16-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2020Impact statement from TAX (SB744E)
02/18/2020Placed on Calendar
02/18/2020Read first time
02/18/2020Referred to Committee on Finance
02/19/2020Assigned App. sub: Commerce Agriculture & Natural Resources
02/19/2020House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/19/2020Committee substitute printed 20108163D-H1
02/19/2020Reported from Finance with substitute (14-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2020Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/20/2020Impact statement from TAX (SB744H1)
02/21/2020Reported from Appropriations (14-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2020Read second time
02/26/2020Read third time
02/26/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20108163D-H1
02/26/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB744H1
02/26/2020Passed House with substitute (55-Y 45-N)
02/26/2020VOTE: Passage (55-Y 45-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2020House substitute agreed to by Senate (21-Y 19-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2020Title replaced 20108163D-H1
03/04/2020Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB744ER)
03/05/2020Signed by President
03/06/2020Signed by Speaker
03/11/2020Impact statement from TAX (SB744ER)
03/12/2020Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 12, 2020
03/12/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
04/06/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 682 (effective 1/1/21)
04/06/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0682)