Labor: The dying breed of independent contractors

Some state courts have assumed a strict definition of independent contractor status

Governments at all levels continue to struggle to pay their bills and deliver the services their constituents desire and deserve. From the federal government to states and municipalities, the last several years have been fiscally challenging. To address revenue shortfalls, some states have looked to curtail the notion that a worker who is not paid a salary is an independent contractor immune from various requirements attendant to employees. Many employers, on the other hand, cling to the notion that not paying a salary absolves them from requirements of minimum wage or overtime laws.

Massachusetts is no state in which to bet on independent contractor status

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Richard Glovsky

Richard D. Glovsky is a partner and nationally recognized trial lawyer and employment law attorney with Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP. He can be reached at...

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