Former Rep. Scott Klug (R-Wis.) of Foley & Lardner is advocating for a major U.S. home builder, according to a lobbying registration form submitted to Congress Friday.
Klug, a Foley public affairs director, is representing Bloomfield Hills, Mich.-based Pulte Homes Inc. He and Foley partner Theodore Bornstein, who also is handling the account, are lobbying on Labor Department regulations concerning contractors and subcontractors.
The Labor Department entered into agreements with the Internal Revenue Service and several states last month to coordinate law enforcement efforts designed to combat the misclassification of employees as contractors. According to the Labor Department, companies misclassify workers to avoid giving them employment protections, including minimum wages and overtime pay.
The former congressman, who was in the House from 1991 to 1999, said the Labor Department made “unreasonable requests” to Pulte and other home builders for information related to their contractors.
“We’re just pushing back and making Congress aware of what DOL is up to,” Klug said.
Miller & Chevalier and C2 Group also are registered to lobby for Pulte, according to congressional records.
C2 didn’t report any lobbying activity on behalf of the home builder during the first half of 2011. But Miller lobbied Congress and the Treasury Department on the implementation of legislation that provides tax relief to businesses.
Pulte, which constructs townhouses and single-family homes, has operations in more than 25 states.