East Lancaster has evolved into Fort Worth’s homeless district

| |Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014

Restaurants and other businesses have closed as the area turned into a community for the homeless.

First person: Homelessness exhausting, humiliating and humbling

| |Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014

A Star-Telegram reporter lives among the homeless, finding a common thread in disparate circumstances.

Homelessness in Fort Worth a cycle of despair, frustration

| |Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014

The homeless district has become its own little city, but one where advocates say, “You need someone to lead the charge.”

Taxpayers and workers gouged by labor-law dodge

| |Thursday, Sep. 04, 2014

The largest government infusion of cash into the U.S. economy in generations – the 2009 stimulus – was riddled with a massive labor scheme that harmed workers and cheated unsuspecting American taxpayers.

Labor Department announces grants to fight tax cheats

| |Tuesday, Sep. 16, 2014

The U.S. Department of Labor on Monday awarded $10.2 million to nearly two dozen states to beef up enforcement of a labor scheme that companies employ to evade their tax obligations.

Tax cheats are widespread in Texas construction industry

| |Friday, Sep. 05, 2014

Texas taxpayers are losing $1.2 billion a year in a contracting scheme used by contractors who mislabel workers as independent contractors rather than hourly employees, in order to avoid paying taxes on them.

Regulators blew chances to bring labor scofflaws in line

| |Friday, Sep. 05, 2014

Earl Devaney was the one of an army of regulators who allowed a pervasive labor problem to persist unchecked.

Why is worker misclassification a problem?

| |Friday, Sep. 05, 2014

Treating workers as independent contractors isn’t a business decision that company owners have the right to make without considering federal laws.

Companies win federal contracts while flouting labor law

| |Wednesday, Sep. 10, 2014

Robert Malick has weathered plenty of uncertainty in the 22 years he’s run a multimillion-dollar heating and air conditioning firm.

Dancers to drivers, disputes abound over who’s an employee

| |Friday, Sep. 05, 2014

The construction trade is far from the only industry caught up in the debate over who’s really an employee and who isn’t. The problem has entangled exotic dancers, FedEx drivers, college interns and newspapers.

Immigrants are most susceptible to worker misclassification

| |Friday, Sep. 05, 2014

Week after week, Alfredo Barreda carried a paycheck from his construction job to the bank, where he waited in line for a teller and then stuffed two wads of cash into the front pockets of his pants, he said.

NC’s $467 million problem: Abuse of workers, failure to collect taxes

| |Friday, Sep. 05, 2014

Few advocates for workers, no oversight of laws and regulations and a construction industry eager to cut costs lead to a tough work environment. Taxpayers get hurt, too.

California tax cheats difficult to find

| |Friday, Sep. 05, 2014

By some estimates, thousands of California construction workers are left to toil in the shadows, exploited by contractors who use an illegal scheme to save money and avoid paying employment taxes and workers compensation.

Special report: Guilty until proven innocent

| |Friday, May. 16, 2014

Millions of dollars seized in criminal investigations often find their way into local, state and federal accounts.

Texas business, labor interests team to push for reforms

| |Thursday, Sep. 11, 2014

An unlikely alliance between business and labor advocacy groups is pushing business-friendly Texas to adopt state and local reforms in order to bust private companies that cheat on taxes owed to the federal government on public projects.

Be on the lookout for identity theft red flags

| |Friday, Aug. 29, 2014

What appears to be a simple mistake could be a sign of a more serious problem.

Workers underpaid on KC housing project

| |Friday, Sep. 05, 2014

When Uncle Sam doled out $4.5 million in stimulus money to fix up low-income housing in Kansas City, it should have been a win-win for everybody. Instead, some workers were underpaid by up to $20 an hour, according to federal records.

‘Independent’ workers raise questions in SC

| |Friday, Sep. 05, 2014

But about a third of the construction companies hired to build the Village at River’s Edge failed to withhold Social Security, Medicare or income taxes on workers they employed, Columbia Housing Authority records show.

SC nurse, exotic dancers say they are employees, not independent contractors

| |Monday, Sep. 08, 2014

While trying to help a patient, Mildred Shatto took a nasty fall seven years ago at a Florence hospital where she worked as a nurse anesthetist. But when she filed for workers compensation to help pay her medical bills, the hospital said she was an independent contractor, not an employee.

How we did it

|Friday, Sep. 05, 2014

The “Contract to Cheat” project was born out of an investigative reporting partnership between the Star-Telegram and The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C., which published a project that examined companies illegally treating employees as independent contractors in 2012.