The Obama administration and 11 states will join an effort tocrack down on companies such as homebuilders, hotels andrestaurants that classify employees as independent contractors toavoid paying overtime.

The Labor Department and states agreed to share informationfiled by companies as the department finds and prosecutes companiesthat misidentify workers in order to skirt paying unemploymentbenefits or federal taxes, according to Mike Wald, an agencyspokesman.

Misclassifying employees “makes it harder, especially forlow-wage workers, to put food on the table,” Labor Secretary HildaSolis said today on a conference call with reporters.

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