Massachusetts Independent Contractor Law

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From Morse Barnes-Brown Pendleton, Robert Shea discusses the Massachusetts Independent Contractor Law.  Bob discusses worker classification under federal law and then the various Massachusetts state law tests: Worker Status under Massachusetts Law The Unemployment Compensation Law Test Massachusetts is among nineteen states that have a three-part test for determining worker status for unemployment compensation purposes.…

Wage Theft Is Grim Business | Rory Lancman

From the Huffington Post — “A 2007 study by Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations found that in New York state alone, nearly 40,000 employers misclassified over 700,000 employees as independent contractors, including nearly 15 percent of the state’s construction workforce — that’s 700,000 people left out in the cold when it comes…

Declaring Independent Workers

From HRO Today — Working with independent contractors is a great strategy to fill the need for special skills, benefit from the experience of specialists for distinct projects, and provide flexibility and cost savings. With the increasing population of highly skilled self-employed workers, it is critical that organizations embrace the free agent movement and be prepared…

The independent contractor: to be or not to be

From Lexology — The story is a familiar one: employer engages services of an independent contractor, subsequently terminates those services, and the independent contractor files a claim for unemployment insurance benefits. The employer responds to the unemployment insurance claim by stating that the individual is not entitled to benefits because he or she is an…

N.H. subcontractor cited for worker misclassification in Mass.

From the New Hampshire Business Review — Universal Drywall LLC, a New Hampshire company working as a subcontractor on the Job Corps Center project in Manchester, misclassified workers as independent contractors in Massachusetts to gain an unfair advantage over competitors who obeyed the law, according to a suit filed last week by the Massachusetts attorney…