In Ives Camargo's Case, issued today, the highest court in Massachusetts confirmed that there are varying statutory tests to determine employee verses independent contractor status for purposes of the workers' compensation, unemployment insurance, wage, and tax withholding laws: 

Our laws have imposed differing, and not uniform, definitions of employees and independent contractors. Currently, ther...

August 1, 2016

Wage and hour violations can occur anywhere -- even in the U.S. Senate cafeteria. Workers there were recently found to be misclassified in the wrong positions and forced to work off the clock.

This misclassification came under the federal prevailing wage laws. The prevailing wage laws are special laws that apply when working on government projects where taxpayers are footing the bill. I used to enforce...

April 1, 2016

The question of whether one is an employee or independent contractor can be a complicated one. I have defended the state independent contractor law in federal courts and enforced it at the state level. Mistakenly classifying an employee as an independent contractor when legally he or she should be treated an an employee is called "misclassification" and can be subject to civil or criminal penalties, s...

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