On April 4, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced a new three-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the state of Oregon that is intended to protect employees' rights by preventing their misclassification as independent contractors or other non-employee statuses. This MOU is part of DOL's initiative to combat misclassification. To date, 28 other states have entered into similar agreements with DOL and the IRS to ensure that employees are properly classified. Last year, DOL issued new guidance on independent contractor classification. (See WICs article, "DOL Issues Guidance on Misclassification of Independent Contractors," July 16, 2015.) Providers that use independent contractors should consult an employment law attorney in their state to ensure that all applicable federal and state laws are complied with.