Long hours, low pay, and no say: many workers are missing out on basic rights and protections as a result of being misclassifed as contractors. But a government working group has suggested reforms to fix the problem, RNZ reveals. Dodgy contracting arrangements are endemic across the economy. They are common in construction, where even teenage apprentices are frequently taken on as self-employed contractors, outside the protection of the minimum wage and responsible for their own ACC and tax, but in reality working entirely under the control of the employer.

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