Worker Classification Questionnaire
The NJDOL recently mailed letters and a questionnaire to certain workers as part of a routine auditing process. This audit will determine if workers are being properly classified as an employee or independent contractor, and helps us confirm that workers are getting all of the compensation and benefits they are entitled to from their employer.
If you received this correspondence, please complete the enclosed Worker Classification Questionnaire and return it to the department per the instructions, by the date indicated. If you did not receive the questionnaire with your letter, or need another copy, download it here and either email or mail to address listed on the letter you received.
We are not auditing your personal income for taxation purposes.
We appreciate your cooperation in this matter as we work to ensure our workers are being compensated fairly and appropriately.
In order to benefit from certain rights and protections - including Unemployment Insurance - in New Jersey, you must be classified as an employee by a business or company hiring you to perform work.
Sometimes, we perform audits on companies who retain independent contractors instead of employees. We do this to make sure that the companies aren't improperly classifying their workers to avoid paying certain taxes or providing certain benefits to their workers.
According to record kept by the company mentioned in the letter we sent, you were classified not as an employee, but rather an independent contractor.
It is our job to make sure that all New Jersey workers are properly classified. To help make sure this is done correctly, we mailed you the letter and questionnaire. Once you send it back to us, we will determine whether you were properly or improperly classified as an independent contractor by the company in question.
No, we are not sending this letter to obtain information that will make you liable to owe taxes or other surcharges. Only your employer may be held responsible for paying additional taxes or surcharges if they are found to have improperly classified you as an independent contrator instead of an employee.