Task force working on solutions to controversial business practice

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SALT LAKE CITY -- On Utah's Capitol Hill Thursday, the first of many meetings focused on an employment trend first exposed in a KSL 5 News investigation.

Led by Sen. Karen Mayne, D-Salt Lake City, the aim of the task force is to tackle an issue known as "worker misclassification."

It's a practice that blurs the lines in employee/owner relationships, affects payroll taxes, workers' compensation and unemployment coverage.

During Thursday's meeting, the state, members of the construction industry and labor-leasing companies were asked to work out a solution and present their ideas by late October.

Lawmakers hope to pass legislation next year.

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