A study was recently released that showed that 20% or one in five construction workers in the state of Tennessee were misclassified as independent contractors or were paid under the table. This totals a number of 38,680 workers in the state and a cost of nearly $15 million in unemployment taxes and $92 million in workers' compensation premiums.

Data gathered from state and federal agencies were used in the study conducted by William Canak of Middle State University in Tennessee and Randall Adams at Tennessee Tech. The study was presented to the House Consumer Employee Affairs Committee on Wednesday. Canak and Adams recommended tougher enforcement of employment laws and workers' compensation requirements. 

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