The state Department of Labor (DOL) has issued Stop Work orders to eight companies working for the general contractor on the construction site of a dormitory project in Hartford.

Investigators for the DOL's Wage and Workplace Standards Division visited the site as part of the team's weekly inspection schedule. The Stop Work orders were issued after the companies: all from neighboring states: could not provide records indicating that they were properly registered in Connecticut, and were unable to show proof of workers' compensation coverage as required by law. According to the DOL, these violations often indicate that employers have misclassified workers as independent contractors instead of payroll employees.

A Stop Work order results in the halting of all activity at a cited company's worksite, as well as a $300 civil penalty for each day the company does not carry workers' compensation coverage.

More information on misclassifying workers