Industry Leaders: Immigration Reform Begins in Texas

Although immigration reform is largely deemed a federal issue, construction moguls in Texas are confident that amending employment laws here can be a catalyst for nationwide change.

Stan Marek, the president and CEO of the Marek Family of Companies, an interior contracting company that has offices across the state, recently testified before the Texas Workforce Commission in advance of the agency’s final preparations for its legislative agenda on what he said is a rampant problem within the construction industry.

Marek said employers purposely misclassify employees as subcontractors, or “1099” workers — so named because of the federal employment form they ...

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